Fog toughens patrolling for BSF, creates ideal conditions for cross-border smugglers | India News – Times of India


AMRITSAR: As the winter sets in and a thick layer of fog engulfs the international Indo-Pak border creating an ideal condition for the Pakistani smugglers to push in drugs, arms, and ammunition in coordination with Indian smugglers, the Border Security Force (BSF) has stepped up vigil all along the 553 km international border.
This comes amidst an increase in drone sorties originating from across the border. On Saturday night two different drones were sighted one each in Amritsar and Gurdaspur sectors.
According to highly placed sources one drone was spotted at around 9.40 pm near Kassowal in the Gurdaspur district which was made to retreat by the BSF troops who fired over ninety rounds after illuminating the area with illumination rounds. Another drone was sighted at around 11.40 pm in the area of Channa Pattan Border out Post in Amritsar district which was also forced to recede after BSF troops opened fire.
In the recent past director general of BSF Pankaj Kumar Singh admitted that the drone intrusions from Pakistan had doubled this year.
Following the sighting of drones, BSF began search operations in both the districts and also frisked the people found moving close to the international border .
“After all, the counterparts of Pakistani smugglers go towards the international border to collect the contrabands that could have been dropped by Pakistani drones, the fog has already engulfed the area and we can’t take chances so we have to frisk the people moving in the area. The fog has made our task much tougher,” said a source in BSF who didn’t want to be named.
Recently BSF had announced an award of Rs 1 lakh for anyone helping them in seizing drugs or arms smuggled from Pakistan and identifying the counterparts of Pakistan smugglers.
Keeping in view the increased drone sorties from the other side of the international border, the Gurdaspur administration had also constituted as many as 85 village defence committees (VDC) to keep an eye on the cross-border smugglers, identify suspicious persons in their respective areas and keep an eye on drone intrusions from Pakistan.
“We are hopeful that VDCs would prove to be useful in these foggy days,” said another source.





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