Jalandhar: BSF has decided not to deploy new recruits from Punjab at the Punjab Frontier for the first five years of their service, in the wake of reports that some of its men were allegedly involved in the smuggling of drugs from Pakistan, the force today said.
"The force has decided not to deploy the new recruits from Punjab at the Punjab Frontier, for the first five years of their service," acting IG of BSF Punjab Frontier J P Uniyal said during a press conference here.
The decision was taken after the reported involvement of some BSF men in the smuggling of drugs from Pakistan, Uniyal said.
"At times, people involved in such activities, joined the force just to do smuggling at the border post, this brings bad name to the force," he said.
The acting IG was asked about the steps taken by the BSF, after a reported connivience of some Frontier's personnel with smugglers came into light.
"We are also verifying those who have already joined the force," he added.
Recently, the BSF did not issue joining letters to five-six persons who were found involved in drug peddling, Uniyal said.
Uniyal further said that BSF regularly kept an eye on the men posted at the borders and "they can be jailed if found guilty."
BSF Punjab Frontier has been awarded this year's Maharana Pratap Medal for the good work and management, Uniyal added.