Pak building defensive bunkers along border: BSF
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 28, 2009, 19:17
New Delhi: The BSF on Saturday said Pakistani Rangers are building bunkers along the border which are very "defensive" in nature and could be aimed at preventing attacks from within its own territory.

"We have come across certain construction activities across the border. In some of the instances the bunkers being constructed are facing their own territory," BSF Director General Raman Srivastava told reporters here.

He said it looks that building such defensive bunkers could be a preventive measure in case of attacks on its border posts by the Taliban or other militants.

On the BSF's role in the upcoming multi-state coordinated offensive against Naxals, Srivastava said while five battalions (about 5,000 personnel) have already been deployed in the field, eight more battalions will be sent.

Giving an overview of the anti-Naxal operation, which is set to begin by March-end, he said the task force which has been created with personnel from the CRPF, BSF and the ITBP, will operate in the states' tri-junctions and bi-junctions.

Asked about the performance of the force's recently raised women's wing, which has been posted for frisking duties along the border, Srivastava said he was "extremely happy".

Srivastava said during his interaction with the women constables, they had asked him to depute them at the border and also make them a part of the anti-Naxal operations.

He said discussions are on to see what other duties can be given to the women personnel.

The force is also imparting special training in water warfare to some of its men in Gujarat on a trial basis, he said adding, the personnel who are being trained to undertake water-based operations would be put into use across the force's deployment areas if it is successful.

About infiltration bids by militants from across the border, he said there are various launching pads where they are waiting to infiltrate.

He said the force is expecting a surge in infiltration as the snowfall increases, because at times even the fence comes under the snow.

"We have increased our patrolling and are fully prepared to check any infiltration attempts," he said.


First Published: Saturday, November 28, 2009, 19:17

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