Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reached Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, where he is currently chairing a security review meeting amid repeated incidents of skirmishes along the Indo-Pak international border, according to ANI.
The home minister, on a two-day visit to Rajasthan, was welcomed by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia at the airport. Rajnath is heading a security review meeting in Jaisalmer with chief ministers of four states whose boundaries touch Pakistan and top BSF officials.
During the two-day visit, Singh will also hold meetings with top BSF officials and chair a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, officials said.
The four chief ministers will deliberate on ways to completely seal the Indo-Pak border.
“It is a meeting of the Union Home Minister with the Home Ministers of the four states. Since the Chief Ministers and the Deputy Chief Minister (of Punjab) are holding the Home portfolio, they are participating in the meeting,” a Home Ministry official said.
According to Times Now, decission might be taken to fence and seal-off the border where no physical barriers exist. In places where putting up physical barriers is not possible due to geographical limitations, decission may be taken to deploy technological solutions such as including deployment of cameras, sensors, radars, lasers, etc, according to The Indian Express.
During the two-day trip, the Home Minister will tour border areas of Rajasthan and will visit Munabao, Border outpost in Barmer and interact with BSF personnel.
Singh will also visit Murar, BoP in Jaisalmer and asses the situation along the Indo-Pak border. The meeting is being called to bring a synergy among the state police forces and Border Security Force, which guards the Indo-Pak border. Issues concerning the states are also expected to be discussed in the two-day deliberations, the officials said.
There have been many incidents of infiltration of terrorists through the border in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir and trans-border smuggling of goods, narcotics and fake Indian currency notes in Rajasthan and Gujarat, they said.
Of the 3,323-km-long Indo-Pak border, 1,225 km falls in Jammu and Kashmir (including Line of Control), 553 km in Punjab, 1,037 km in Rajasthan and 508 km in Gujarat.
After the security review meet in Jaisalmer, Rajnath will hold a meeting with BSF officials in Barmer on 8 October, according to the Barmer Collector Sudhir Sharma. Elaborate arrangements are being made for the visit, he said.
With inputs from PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jagaur aircraft, one of the key fighter jets of the Indian Air Force crashed in near Pokhran in Rajasthan minutes after taking off from Jaisalmer on Monday after both pilots ejected safely. This is the second crash of a Jaguar in the last one month.The aircraft was on a routine training mission when it crashed at 1.45 pm in an area not far away from the India-Pakistan border.A Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered to look into the circusmstances that led to the crash.This is the second Jaguar crash within a month. Earlier on September 13, a Jaguar trainer aircraft caught fire during a take-off in Ambala. Then too, the pilot made a quick exit and a COI was ordered. The plane was scheduled to take part in a routine night flying mission.On June 16, 2015, a Jaguar fighter aircraft crashed near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, and both the pilots had managed to eject safely. The plane had taken off at 7:25 a.m. from the Bamrauli air strip in Allahabadand was on a routine training sortie.The same year, another Jaguar aircraft had crashed near the Kurukshetra district of Haryana. Incidentally, this aircraft too had taken-off from same Ambala Air Base.Jaguars are a deep penetration strike aircraft and their upgradation process is on. Jaguar was among aircrafts the Indian Force flew in the “Red Flag” aerial combat exercises held earlier this year in US.
Security agencies have launched a hunt for a man who made some enquiries about the Air Force station here, police said on Saturday.The man purchased some silver items from a shop yesterday and enquired about the Indian Air Force station from the shopkeeper, they said. According to a police official, he also offered extra money to the shopkeeper.After the man left, the shopkeeper informed the police following which the footage of the CCTV cameras installed in the shop and other areas was examined, the official said. “Police got information about a suspicious man and he is being searched for on the basis of the CCTV footage,” Superintendent of Police, Jaisalmer, Rajiv Pachar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the man was identified, he is yet to be traced, police said.