BSF to gaurd unfenced border areas in Tripura from chopper

The BSF Monday said they would now use chopper to guard the unfenced areas and fire rubber bullets to catch intruders along the 856-km-long Indo-Bangla border in Tripura.

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011, 14:31 PM IST

Agartala: The BSF Monday said they would
now use chopper to guard the unfenced areas and fire rubber bullets to catch intruders along the 856-km-long Indo-Bangla border in Tripura.

"The hangar is ready at the Agartala airport and the
chopper will be pressed into service latest by early next
month. It would be used mainly for aerial surveillance of
about 55 km unfenced border in the remote and hilly areas
having difficult terrains," Inspector General of Tripura
Frontier of BSF, S K Jain, said.

Despite fencing in 90 per cent areas there were
movements of insurgents as the ultras enter into the Indian
territory take the advantage of porous border in the unfenced
areas.

"The chopper would also be used for dispatching foods
to those border outposts situated in the cliff tops which can
be approachable only by chopper," he added.
The BSF would also use non-lethal rifles to shoot
rubber bullets instead of fire cartridges so that infiltrators
are not killed but injured painfully and can be caught easily.

The border guards are also now using advance alarm
system which would alert them on the attempts of infiltration.
"Recently we could apprehend two smugglers by using
the device," the IG said.
"Even as insurgency has come down drastically in the
state, the two outlawed insurgent outfits, All Tripura Tiger
Force (ATTF) and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT),
were still using the soil of Bangladesh and they have their
camps in the neighbouring country," Jain said.

With the establishments of 20 more border outposts
(BOP), the gap between the two BOPs would be reduced from 4.5
km to 3.5 km, he said and added that one more battalion of the
paramilitary force would be added to the 16 battalions to
guard the border.

PTI