Tribune News Service
Abohar, June 27
To thwart nefarious designs of forces inimical to India, the Border Security Force (BSF) authorities have set up four layers security arrangements on the Indo-Pak border. For the first time, the existing three layers security setup has been strengthened by one additional security layer.
This exercise has been undertaken as the intelligence inputs have revealed that terrorists' outfits operating from Pakistan could destabilise the peace process initiated by the governments of both India and Pakistan through the ongoing foreign secretaries level talks and coming foreign ministers meet in July 2010.
Official sources said under four layers security setup, the BSF troops had been deployed in close vicinity of the Zero Line, in the area falling between Zero Line and the cobra fencing, alongside the cobra fencing towards Indian side and about 800 metres deep inside the Indian territory in the border pockets.
First the BSF authorities alerted its troops when a joint operation against the terrorists belonging to various outfits was launched in Lahore and its surrounding areas by Pakistan rangers, Pakistan Army and police force about a month ago to flush them out from that area. Intelligence inputs revealed that terrorists might infiltrate into Indian soil to escape joint operation.7
"Moreover, the incidents connected with unprovoked firing in Simbal Skol area in Gurdaspur, rocket firing in Amritsar and unprovoked firing in Fazilka sector a few years ago do not allow us to use any kind of laxity while protecting the Punjab frontiers," pointed out DIG, BSF, Abohar sector, Vimal Satyarthi.
"Additional troops have been mobilised from the battalion headquarters to make the four layers security setup a big success. The women constables have been given the task to maintain vigil on the border in a professional way while extending all comforts to them during the duty hours," he disclosed, adding that the senior functionaries had started visiting the forwards areas regularly. Satyarthi said four layer security arrangements would be a permanent feature on the border.
"The security layer erected deep inside the Indian territory, at a distance of about 800 metres from the International Border (IB) is being used to keep a watch on the movements of strangers and suspicious elements in the border areas. This security wall is helpful in stopping the unscrupulous elements including smugglers and their couriers to reach near the IB," he added.