Govt demolishes posts aiding Pak-based militants



New Delhi: Hundreds of structures constructed along the India-Pakistan border to illuminate the forward areas to check infiltration have turned into watch posts for the militants to monitor movement of Indian troops, prompting the government to order their demolition.

The Border Security Force had constructed 186-km border bund along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir in early 2000s to safeguard its workforce, engaged in construction of fencing and flood lighting, against small arms firing from Pakistan side.

A total of 176.04 km Border Fencing Lights (BFL) were installed to illuminate the international border and the work was completed in March 2006.

Later, in a bizarre tell of tale, it was found that the bund was used by anti-national elements and militants at night to observe or target troops, forcing the government to order the demolition of bund.

"So far, 116 km of bund has been demolished," a Home Ministry official said.

According to officials, at least 85 infiltration bids have taken place along the border in Jammu and Kashmir till November.

A total of 235 Pakistan-based terrorists attempted to infiltrate this year, but only 52 could succeed.

PTI