UAVs seen close to Indo-Pak border; tension prevailing: BSF
The BSF on Tuesday said ‘tension’ prevails along the western front in the wake of surgical strikes conducted by Indian forces and it has witnessed movement of UAVs very close to the Indo-Pak border in the recent past.
As part of measures to beef up overall security, the border guarding force has also reviewed the preparedness of security mechanisms along the eastern front with Bangladesh so that terrorists are not able to use that country to sneak into India and launch attacks.
"No doubt, the overall vigil has been increased (along western borders). All the defence and security forces establishments are on their highest alert. There is tension on the western border..we are having active engagement (with Pakistan) at the Line of Control and we are receiving shelling from the other side. However, we are in supportive role at the LoC (to army)," BSF Director General K K Sharma told reporters here.
He said the BSF and their Bangladeshi counterparts Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), as part of the bi-annual talks that concluded here today, also did "touch upon" the security situation post the surgical strikes conducted by army across the LoC and that both the forces are on "high vigil."
"There is no new input (about Bangladeshi territory being used by terrorists)...however, vigil has been increased along the Indo-Bangla border too," he said. Sharma added that while there is "tension" at the International Border (IB) that runs along Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat, there has been no ceasefire violation till now in these areas.
"We have noticed UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) coming 100 meters upto the border...may be they (Pakistani forces) want to check our preparedness but I can assure you that we are fully capable of giving a befitting reply and we will not allow any nefarious design of terrorists to succeed," he said. The BSF chief added the force has not issued any order for vacating villages on the border and such directives may have been issued by the respective civil administrations of the states.
"We are even allowing Indian farmers to go to their farms which are beyond the Indo-Pak fence. We have never said vacate villages, people may have shifted out as precautionary measure. Now, people who had gone are coming back. There has been no untoward incident at the IB till now," he said.
Pakistani boat seized
An empty Pakistani boat, which drifted into Indian territory, was on Tuesday seized by BSF troops from Ravi River in Punjab’s Amritsar district and it will be handed over to the Pakistani Rangers, to whom it belongs, on Wednesday.
“We have captured a Pakistani boat which had washed away to this side in River Ravi along the International Border (IB) in Amritsar sector,” DIG BSF R S Kataria said. It was an empty boat. Nothing suspicious was found so the boat will be returned to Pakistani rangers tomorrow, he said.
Giving further details, the DIG BSF said the forward deployed BSF troops observed the boat coming from Pak side in River Ravi.
The troops immediately alerted the BSF personnel stationed at the ferry point of border outpost near Kakkar. They then seized the said boat, he said.
The green-colored boat is about 15 ft x 6 ft in size, he said.