In the previous five years, the Border Security Force (BSF) in Gujarat has apprehended about 96 infiltrators on the Indo-Pakistan border. This comprises over 14 Pakistanis (till November) who have been caught trying to sneak across into Indian territory.
“A pilot project of launching up a laser fence is on at a couple of places. Once it is tested and is successful, we will implement it here… This system will have a lot of advances comprising CCTV,” said G S Malik, IG BS, Gujarat frontier, during an interaction at the BSF headquarters at Chiloda on the eve of the 53rd Raising Day of BSF.
This laser fence is considered necessary for the Indo-Pakistan border in Gujarat because, out of an estimated 512 kilometers of the land border that Gujarat shares with Pakistan, only 340 kilometers has been sanctioned for fencing. Of this, only a little over 280 kilometers has been fenced. The rest of the region is yet to be covered as the marshy and water-logged terrain is not considered feasible for construction of a fence. This stretch is expected to be covered utilizing nonphysical barriers like a laser fence.
In September 2018, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had inaugurated two pilot projects under Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) in Jammu, where, utilizing a high-tech surveillance system an invisible electronic barrier is begin crated on the land, water, and air to help track infiltrators on the International Border in Jammu. CIMBS covers thermal imagers, infra-red and laser-based intruder alarms and other surveillance mechanisms.
Drafting about the vigil maintained by BSF on the IB with Pakistan, Malik said, “We are very much alert. You would have seen the number of seizures comprising boats and fishermen. Intrusion is not easy. At regular intervals, we have been catching fishermen and those who try to intrude.”
Most of the intrusion happens by the sea near the disputed Sir Creek area in Kutch district. Between 2014-18, a total of 96 infiltrators were nabbed on the Indo-Pak border. In the year 2018, a total of 14 Pakistanis were caught by the BSF, which covers nine Pakistani fishermen and 11 boats.
As same as, in 2017, 20 Pakistani fishermen and 38 boats were seized by the BSF for intruding into Indian territory. As per the BSF officials, a large quantity of fishes, crabs and prawns are a big lure for Pakistani fishermen who venture into the creeks on the Indian side looking for a better catch.
In order to keep an eye on the difficult terrain comprising those near Sir Creek, BSF is also using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). These UAVs are operated with the help of the Indian Air Force (IAF). “We carry out UAV missions at regular intervals, especially in the Creek area,” Malik added.