India to deploy marine commandos in Sir Creek

Last Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 18:40

New Delhi: India will deploy an elite unit
of BSF `marine` commandos to keep a vigil on infiltration
from the Sir Creek area in Kutch along the Indo-Pakistan
frontier.

The Marine unit will specifically be deployed along
the `Harami Nala` area in Sir Creek which is a marshy,
sluggish and shallow water channel, spread over 500 sq km in
Kutch, a senior BSF officer said.

The area has in the past witnessed many violations by
Pakistani fishermen.

The marshy topography of the area makes it difficult
for troops to react swiftly against infiltration and incidents
of smuggling through this area.

The Union Home Ministry recently approved a
budgetary sanction of Rs 44 crore to raise a unit of the BSF.

The marine unit, first-ever in a paramilitary
organisation, will be trained to undertake amphibious (both
land and water) operations and will possess special swimming
and diving skills to operate in this area.

They will also be equipped with weapons and logistics
required to operate in such areas.

"The deployment of the marine unit will take place
once the training of the personnel is complete. These
personnel will undertake patrolling along the `harami nala`
stretch on power boats," the BSF officer said.

It is also proposed to impart specialised training to
these personnel from the Indian Navy and a full battalion
(about 1,000 personnel) will subsequently be raised within the
force, the officer said.

Pakistani fishermen cross into the Indian side along
the `Harami Nala` during high tide in order to catch fish and
at times they are found not indulging in any illegal activity.
But keeping vigil along this area is a challenging job, the
officer said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 18:40

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