Sir Creek (Gujarat): In order to thwart
landing of terrorists through the sea route, BSF has formed
its first commando unit -- Creek Crocodiles -- to man the
hostile creek area where India shares border with Pakistan.
Creeks are a very hostile terrain constituting of
numerous raised grounds having mangroves and a network of
water channels which are quite shallow where all movements are
Creek Crocodiles are trained to thwart any evil designs
from across the border, BSF Commandant Pushpendrasinh Rathore,
who is training the commando unit at Koteshwar outpost of BSF said.
"We have kept three things in mind while selecting cadets
for the commando including swimming and marine diving
performance, firing abilities and endurance to work in the
rough creek," Rathore said, adding IG BSF Gujarat range A K
Sinha had given the idea of raising the commando force so that
we can dominate the creek area.
The Crocodile units have 42 commandos at present and they
are undergoing vigorous training, he said.
India has a long-standing dispute with Pakistan regarding
the border in the creeks area and the issue has been on the
agenda of talks between the two countries.
Several large creeks like Sir Creek, Pir Sanai Creek,
Pabewari Creek, Vianwari Creek, Koori Creek and Deveri Creek
in the region besides numerous drains in the area including
the `Harami Nallah` are vulnerable to infiltration.
The BSF has apprehended 15 Pakistanis including an ISI
agent and seized three boats in three different operations in
the last three months in the hostile creek and drain areas.
They also managed to thwart an infiltration bid in the
Harami Nallah area.
The marine commando unit was a long-term requirement of
the BSF, officials said.
"I am going to request the BSF top brass to provide more
advance equipments to our commando units so that they become
more effective," Rathore said.
"The government has already sanctioned hovercrafts and
all terrain vehicles for the BSF in the border region," BSF
DIG Vishnu Datt said.
The creek area is quiet vast, devoid of fresh water
and even the air is full of salt.
From May to September the area is lashed by very
strong winds and the water in the creeks is very turbulent.
Hence, the area remains almost inaccessible expect for few
uncertain opportunities, the officials added.
In such situations, hovercrafts can make use of a few
uncertain opportunities," they added.