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Jawan injured in blast by suspected Naxals in Chhattisgarh
Press Trust of India | Updated: May 28, 2013 13:05 IST
Raipur: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was today injured in an IED blast triggered by suspected Naxals in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh.
The incident took place between Konde and Chhindpal village when the security forces were on an anti-mining operation in the Badgaon police station area of the district, a senior police official said.
According to one of the officials the jawan stepped on a landmine in the region triggering the blast.
Additional forces have been rushed to the spot to rescue the injured jawan, the official said, adding the anti-mining operation was still on in the jungles.
Source:- Jawan injured in blast by suspected Naxals in Chhattisgarh | NDTV.com
BSF recovers fake currency near Indo-Pak border in Amritsar - The Times of India
YouTube BSF Theme Song Music by A R Rahman - YouTube
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17,000 faulty Italian guns supplied to BSF jawans on Gujarat border
New Delhi, 14 February 2012
The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has directed the Border Security Force (BSF) to submit a report following a Headlines Today expose on the paramilitary forces being supplied dud guns by Italian company Beretta.
The Headlines Today report had showed how BSF has been supplied substandard submachine guns by the Italian company, which has already agreed to replace the defective guns. As per the HT report Italian arms major Beretta has agreed to replace faulty weapons supplied by them after they failed at a BSF test fire facility in Gujarat.
The BSF top brass had held talks with the company officials after the issue came to light. The BSF officials clarified that defective weapons were found only with personnel deployed in Gujarat sector of the border with Pakistan.
Last year, the BSF had awarded Beretta a contract of more than 30,000 sub-machine guns at an approximate cost of Rs.200 crore. The first consignment of 17,000 guns was received last September and distributed among BSF personnel on the border to replace INSAS and other rifles. However the high- tech MX4 9mm Storm assault rifle failed the test, and when the sample weapon was test fired, it bulged.
The test fire report suggests that the gun would not only be ineffective in neutralizing the enemy, but there are also chances of the barrel of the weapon exploding and causing serious injuries. The document also noted other defects in the sample weapon. Moreover corrosion was found on 113 guns. 164 guns had tool marks and nine guns had machining rings.
Yeah, old news. Beretta replaced all faulty guns.
Pak intruder arrested along international border, released
Jammu, June 02, 2013
A Pakistani citizen was arrested by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel after crossing over into Indian territory in the Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The 24-year-old Aram Khan from Pakistan's Sialkot was later repatriated back following questioning after BSF officials satisfied
themselves that he had inadvertently crossed the International Border near Chinaz post in Arnia belt on Saturday.
Officials said Rs. 65 in Pakistani currency was recovered from Khan after he was arrested by jawans of the BSF 193 battalion, who found no other incriminating articles on him.
Source:- Pak intruder arrested along international border, released - Hindustan Times
BSF to take UN help in checking smuggling on border
TNN | Jun 12, 2013, 06.36 AM IST
AMRITSAR: The Border Security Force (BSF) will take help of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to stop the smuggling of drugs from Pakistan.
Following a spurt in smuggling activities along the India-Pakistan international border, the issue was taken up in a meeting of various agencies including UNODC, directorate of revenue intelligence, BSF, and Narcotics Control Bureau among others was held on Tuesday. Among others who attended the meeting was UNODC regional programme coordinator Rajiv Walia.
"With the involvement of UNODC, the BSF will be able to understand better the incidents of cross border smuggling, whether they were organized operation of Pak's intelligence agency ISI or not," said BSF Inspector General, Frontier, Aditya Mishra. He said with the recovery of large quantities of fake Indian currency notes, which was an exclusive domain of ISI, it appeared that the agency could be behind smuggling operations but the study and research work of UNODC would confirm the same.
UNODC's Delhi-based Regional Office for South Asia had launched its Regional Programme for South Asia (2013-2015) in May end. The programme is developed under a consultative process with the governments of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The IG claimed that earlier a group of seasoned smugglers used to control the smuggling operations but now new comers have also joined them. "These people often get lured into the racket for different reasons," he said and cited an example of a new comer trying to get into smuggling as he required Rs 12 lakh for medical treatment of his children.
Mishra said the UNODC will also study the drug consumption pattern in Punjab and provide them with a stronger knowledge base and help BSF build capacities. BSF has also launched a programme to bring awareness among border residents against indulging in smuggling activities.
About the involvement of BSF personnel in cross border smuggling, Mishra said there were 15 incidents in the last one year where they had suspected involvement of border force staff and, as a preventive measure, had either posted them all out of Punjab or given duties where they couldn't affect the normal functioning.
The border has 80 identified gaps for which the BSF is going to begin a pilot project in a six kilometer stretch in the area of Khemkaran battalion, said the IG. For better border management, the BSF would also take up the issue of holding sports matches between jawans and Pak Rangers, he added.
Source:- BSF to take UN help in checking smuggling on border - The Times of India
Four BSF men suspended
Syed Bashir, Kolkata, bdnews24.com
Published: 2013-06-14 10:10:49.0 Updated: 2013-06-14 17:36:12.0
India's Border Security Force (BSF) has suspended four of its personnel for opening fire on a group of cattle smugglers from Bangladesh, two of whom where killed on Tuesday.
They are Head Constable Y.N. Bhatt, Assistant Sub Inspector Narayan Singha, Constables Prasenjit Das and Mohammed Ayub Ali.
However, the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in a media statement on Friday said the BSF headquarters had informed them of suspending three accused troopers after primary investigation. The media release did not name the suspended BSF officials.
BSF sources said a high level court of inquiry has been ordered into the shootout in which two Bangladesh nationals were killed at a spot about 800 yards from the Andrail border outpost.
"A senior commandant will conduct the enquiry," they said.
The BSF sources said that the BSF headquarters in Delhi has asked the BSF South Bengal area to take "very strict action" if the BSF troops who opened fire were found to have done it without "much provocation".
"Our director general has taken a very serious view of the matter," they said.
After a preliminary enquiry, the soldiers who were put under suspension had told the senior officials that they had opened fire when they were attacked by a group of 150 smugglers involved in taking away cattle from the Indian side.
"One of our soldier was about to be lynched by them, so we were forced to open fire," Head Constable Bhatt had told the enquiry.
He said the BSF troops first fired from pump-action guns that had now been issued to them to avoid casualties.
These guns fire pellets and not bullets and they are not designed to shoot to kill.
"But when we fired pellets, the smugglers said these are nakli (fake) guns and they attacked us, so we had to use rifles," Bhatt told the enquiry.
BGB identified those killed in the BSF firing as Habibur Rahman, 30, from Benapoleâ€™s Shibnathpur village and Faruk Hossain, 25, of Basatpur Colony.
According to the BGB, it had held a flag meeting with its Indian counterpart on the night of the shootout and condemned the killings. The BSF had assured them that such incidents would not be repeated, it said.
The BSF had come under fire from various national and international rights groups for its atrocities. The border force had been accused of tortures and killings along the Bangladeshi border. Faced with criticisms, New Delhi had promised to provide it with 'non-lethal' killings.
Deaths along the border continued to rise, despite India's repeated pledges to bring border killings down to zero.
Cattle smuggling is believed to be a TK 10 billion annual contraband trade between India and Bangladesh -- so the stakes are high and those involved are often armed and willing to take on borderguards.
Former BSF chief UK Bansal had advocated legalising cattle trade in a bid to bring down the number of deaths along its porous border with Bangladesh.
A West Bengal-based human rights group moved India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for the second time in a month, asking it to rein in the BSF, which it says is making life difficult for people on the India-Bangladesh border.
In its latest petition to the NHRC, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) alleged that the BSF continues a campaign of torture and terror, often falsely implicating villagers on charges of smuggling.
Source:- Four BSF men suspended - bdnews24.com
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BSF not more to fight counter insurgency operations in northeast and Jammu and Kashmir
Source : North East Press Service
Shillong, April 24 (NEPS): The Border Security Force (BSF) would no more be engaged in counter insurgency operations in the insurgency affected States of region as well as Jammu and Kashmir because the Union Home Ministry wanted them to be in the international borders for performing their basic responsibilities.
Disclosing this to the press persons here this afternoon, the Inspector General of BSF in charge of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland, Bijoy Dey Sawian said the Union Home Ministry through a recent order decided to pull out crack frontier guards from combating insurgents and placing them at the international borders for performing their basic responsibility. He said the hard decision of pulling out the BSF personnel from engaging counter insurgency operations in Northeastern States and Jammu and Kashmir was necessitated for keeping up the identity and image of the force which was raised primarily for managing and guarding the international borders.
Welcoming the Centerâ€™s decision to pull out the forces from Manipur and parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Sawian said such move would help them in doing the job they were paid for. â€œFor many years now we have been forced to perform duties for which we have never been trained,â€ he stated.
The Inspector General of BSF said they had decided to pull out their six battalions from Manipur and one battalion from Jammu and Kashmir following Centerâ€™s order. He said these battalions would be redeployed along the extreme porous Indo-Bangla border. As a first step, four battalions of BSF deployed in Manipur would be withdrawn and redeployed along the Indo-Bangla border within a month time.
The BSF official also disclosed that those BSF personnel stationed currently in Manipur were imparting training to the CRPF personnel who would now take over from the BSF battalions for counter insurgency operations in the State.
The Inspector General also stated that the addition of six more battalions from Manipur and one from Kashmir, the patrolling areas of each battalion along the Indo-Bangla international border would reduced to approximately forty kilometers. â€œAt present, each battalion has to manage eighty six kilometers along the Indo-Bangla border which is far beyond the ideal distance of twenty seven kilometers in the Punjab-Pakistan borderâ€, said Sawian. The Inspector General however said that while CRPF will now take charge of counter insurgency operations in Manipur and other parts of the country, two battalions of BSF will be stationed for some more time until the CRPF is acquainted with the ground realities.
â€œWe have tackled counter insurgency operations in Manipur for a long time and therefore until the CRPF battalions are fully trained, a couple of our battalions shall remain for counter insurgency operationsâ€, the Inspector General said.
The BSF official also said the BSF battalion deployed at Moreh in Manipur along the Indo-Myanmar border shall also be removed and further added that as per the new Central Government decisions, the Indo-Myanmar border will henceforth be fully managed by the Assam Rifles.
BSF not more to fight counter insurgency operations in northeast and Jammu and Kashmir
IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING IN BSF
Border Security Force, one of the largest Para-Military forces in the World, is a versatile force, which is responsible for guarding round the clock vast and volatile borders not only against trans-border criminals but also against heavily armed trans-border terrorism as well. Though guarding the borders is the prime commitment, security forces remain heavily and decisively involved in the interior as well in combating insurgency and militancy in various parts of the country. Because of its friendly and human face, BSF remains the much sough after Force for combating and containing serious law and order situations in the trouble prone States. And in case of hot War, BSF works as a force multiplier and contributes substantially towards over all War efforts of the nation as a credible front line Force.
By virtue of this unique dual role, the Border-men more commonly known as "PRAHARI" is required to be a perfect Policeman during peace and a professional soldier during War. Management of borders (International Border), restoration of law and order situation in the interior and fighting a Conventional/unconventional War are the three challenging assignments which a border-man is required to carryout. In short, these fundamental essentials make the "Training Trilogy" of BSF. Professional proficiency of any Force is directly related to the standard of Training of that Force and it is Primarily due to this commitment that BSF refuses to compromise on its training assignments irrespective of handicaps and heavy orders. BSF believes in sweating during peace to ensure that it does not bleed during War or War like situation.
MAJOR TRAINING INSTITUTIONS
For organizing and carrying out "Basic Fundamental" training and "In Service Professional Training", we have three (03) main training Institutions, (05) Special Training Schools and (11) STCs/BTCs spread across the Country. Three main training Institutions are :-
"BSF ACADEMY TEKANPUR" (KHARAKWASLA OF BSF) is situated on Gwalior-Jhansi Highway at a distance of 30 Kms. from Gwalior (M.P.). This is the almamiter of border-men.
"TRAINING CENTRE AND SCHOOL" (School of Excellence for Counter Insurgency and Commando Type Specilised Training) is located at Meru, 12 Kms. off Hazaribagh town. Meru Camp Hazaribagh is the craddle of specialised type training like Commando and Counter Insurgency.
"CENTRAL SCHOOL OF WEAPONS AND TACTICS" (School of Excellence for Small Arms) is located on the out-skirts of Indore on Bijasan Road, Here, we refine and sharpen the shooting skills of our 'PRAHARIES'.
TRAINING INSTITUTIONS FOR SPECIAL TRAINING
Besides above mentioned three training institutions there are five training schools for special training:-
CENTRAL SCHOOL OF MOTOR TRANSPORT (CSMT) GWALIOR (M.P.)
In order to maintain a high standard of functional efficiency and road worthiness of MT fleet in the Force, the Central School of Motor Transport popularly known as CSMT, was set up at Sagar (M.P.) in Jan'1963. Initially the School was under the supervision of MP Police and was taken over by BSF in Feb'71. This school continued to function at Sagar upto 18/11/1979 before shifting to its present location in Tekanpur. Spread over an area of 60 acres, this school of Motor Transport has developed as a prestigious Institution. School has been recognised as a "Centre of Excellence" by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Motor Training imparted in CSMT includes:-
Driving and Maintenance course.
Motor Vehicle mechanic course.
Auto Electrician course.
Fleet Management course (Officers)
BSF Recovery driver course.
NATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE FOR DOGS(NTCD)GWALIOR (MP.)
The National Training Centre for Dogs (NTCD) is a premier Training Institution run by BSF on behalf of MHA. The NTCD breeds service dogs, trains dogs and their handlers for BSF, other Central Police Organisation and State Police Organisations. The dogs are trained in basic obedience, narcotics and explosive detection, tracking, guard duties and patrolling. The dogs trained by NTCD have an enviable record of service. Some of the achievement at a glance:-
"HEARO" proud product of NTCD, ensured a seizure of more than Rs.100 crores for Bombay Customs.
"SONU", another proud product of NTCD, effected a seizure of 2.2 crores of high-grade hashish in 1997 at Delhi Airport.
Similarly 'SUKKA' seized 14 kgs of high-grade hashish valued of Rs.1.40 crores for Delhi Customs.
"FANTA" was instrumental in detecting 10 Kgs of RDX during Amarnath Yatra in 1993. Thus played a major role in averting what could have led to a major tragedy.
SIGNAL TRAINING SCHOOL-I TIGRI CAMP NEW DELHI
The Border Security Force, Signal Training School-I is located at Tigri Camp, New Delhi adjacent to Khanpur on M B Road.
SIGNAL TRAINING SCHOOL-II YELAHANKA (BANGALORE)
The STS-II BSF is located on Chaklate-Bangalore road near Yelahanka, 21 Kms off Bangalore town.
'G' TRAINING SCHOOL NEW DELHI
The BSF 'G' Training School is located at block 'C', Ist floor, Pushpa Bhawan (Madangir) in South Delhi.
SUBSIDIARY TRAINING CENTRES AND BASIC TRAINING CENTRES
In addition to main Training Institutions, BSF has (11) Subsidiary Training Centres/Basic Training Centres. Basically these are the breeding and training centres for various field formations. Coverage and establishments in 2 tiers:-
STCs COVERING BORDER STATES
STC BSF Hamhama (Kashmir)
STC BSF Udhampur (Jammu)
STC BSF Kharka Camp (Punjab)
STC BSF Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
STC BSF Baikunthpur, Siliguri (Bengal)
STC BSF Chura Chandpur, Manipur (Assma, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland)
STCs/BTCs COVERING INTER LAND
STC BSF Tekanpur (Gwalior)
STC BSF Yelahanka (Banglore)
STC BSF Hazaribagh (Jharkhand)
BTC BSF Hazaribagh (Jharkhand)
BTC BSF Indore (MP)
These are the nodal training Centres where 400-500 recruits always remain under training, thus training approximately 5000 recruits every year.
THE PRIDE OF REPUBLIC DAY PARADE
Although marching contingents of foot columns BSF Brass Band, Camel Mounted Band and Trick Riders grace the Republic Day Parade celebrations every year, "Camel Mounted Band of BSF, Guinnies book of record holder and the only band of its kind in the World, remains the pride of Rajpath on 26th January. Aura of this unique Camel Mounted Band is irresistible to such an extent that a British, 54 Delegation, attending Republic Day Parade during 1999 extended an on the spot invitation to BSF for permitting this majestic Camel Mounted Band to take part in the Tattoo show being organised at Edinburgh UK in 2000 AD as a part of Edinburg Military Tattoo Show celebrations. Pride of Rajpath has now become the pride of the nation" with this unique honour.
"MORE YOU SWEAT DURING PEACE LESS YOU BLEED DURING WAR"
BSF has the unique distinction of training large number of trainees from foreign Countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Mauritius, Kenya, Malaysia, Palestine etc. Till 1999, BSF has trained 298 personnel of various categories from foreign Countries in addition to training approximately 9000 to 10000 (400 to 500) recruits and 4000 to 5000 service personnel from their own organization in our training institutions.
Border Security Force- Training
BORDER SECURITY FORCE:-TRAINING CENTRE & SCHOOL(HAZARIBAGH)
Border Security Force, Training Centre & School, Hazaribagh is one of the premier training institution of the country . It conducts basic trg of recruits as well as specialized trg of all ranks of the Force. In addition, it also undertakes training of selected personnel of other CPOs/SPOs and friendly foreign countries.
TC&S was raised on 18 Nov,1966 at Hazaribagh town under the dynamic leadership of Lt Col R P Macauliffe. Subsequently, the institution was shifted to Meru, the present location , on 25 March ,1967 . It was initially conceived to centre for Trg needs of then anthorised 25 Battalions of BSF. Now, It is catering the trg needs of 157 BSF Bns as well as of other CPOs, SPOs and friendly foreign countries.
BSF Campus at Meru is spread over an area of 1189 acres of land and provides a scenic and panoramioc view in the back drop of dense sal wood jungle on undulated land interspersed with 7 splendid lakes, sprawling green lawns-medows and the murmuring Siwane river flowing along the northern boundary of the Campus. BSF Campus and its surrounding areas offer excellent terrain of different types for carrying out realistic and purposeful trg .
The operational requirements to combat terrorism and insurgency dictated qualitative and quantitative up-gradation of trg related to counter insurgency and counter terrorism and other related disciplines. For this purpose, TC&S has been declared as 'Centre of Excellence 'by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India for trg related to counter insurgency/country terrorism and explosive detection, handling and disposal of Bombs/IED.
The administration and training at TC&S revoles around its three main streams known as:-
(a) Specialist Training School (STS)
(b) Subsidiary Training Centre (STC)
(c) Administration Wing (ADM)
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
The operational requirements to combat terrorism and insurgency dictated qualitative and quantitative up gradation of trg related to counter insurgency and counter terrorism and other related disciplines. For this purpose, TC&S has been declared as ï¿½Centre of Excellenceï¿½ by the MHA, GOI for trg related to Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism and Explosive detection, handling and disposal of Bombs/IED.
BSF Campus at Meru is spread over an area of 1189 acres and provides a scenic view in the back drop of dense Sal-wood jungle on undulating land interspersed with seven beautiful lakes. A seasonal river Siwaane flows along the northern boundary of the Campus. BSF Campus and its surrounding areas offer variety of terrain to facilitate conduct of realistic and purposeful training.
TRAINING CENTER & SCHOOL
High kicks and high hats as India's new security recruits graduate
New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) parade in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Dec. 7.
New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) parade in Humhama, Dec. 7.
New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) parade in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Dec.7.
New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) parade in Humhama, Dec.7.
High kicks and high hats as India's new security recruits graduate - PhotoBlog
Malda loses BSF office to land glitch
Malda, Jan. 21: The BSFâ€™s Malda frontier headquarters ceased to exist from today with the border security personnel being requisitioned to fight Maoists in Chhattisgarh and the Bengal government failing to provide the force with adequate and suitable land to augment its infrastructure.
Amarjit Singh, the deputy inspector-general of the BSFâ€™s Malda sector, said the officers, jawans and equipment had been shifted to Raipur by a special train this morning.
â€œWe are leaving Malda for several reasons. One of them is the Maoist problem in Chhattisgarh and we are needed there. Our inability to get land to set up the frontier headquarters is also a reason for the shift. However, this region will be looked after by the Calcutta frontier from today,â€ Singh said.
According to BSF sources, the Malda frontier was set up by the Union home ministry in 2010 to tackle rising incidents of fake currency smuggling through the border with Bangladesh and also to keep a check on the infiltration of militants through the boundary.
â€œThe frontier was headed by an inspector-general who began functioning from a temporary office at the headquarters of the Malda sector at Naranpur in Old Malda. The frontier comprised Malda district, North and South Dinajpurs and a part of Murshidabad district and had six deputy inspector-generals with 11 battalions. However, we required land to set up 90 border outposts in addition to the 150 existing ones. We also needed a plot to establish the frontier headquarters,â€ said a senior BSF officer.
The Malda frontier spanned 650km from Khandel in Murshidabad to Aluabari in North Dinajpur.
â€œWe had been frequently contacting the state government for about 100 acres of land for constructing the outposts and other buildings needed to set up the headquarters. We were told by the state government that the Malda district administration would look into our land needs. But we were not given the land,â€ said the officer.
He said the district administration had shown the BSF some plots for setting up the border outposts. â€œBut we were not satisfied. These plots are located in areas where there was lack of communication,â€ he added.
Most of the outposts the BSF wanted to set up were in Malda district.
Officials of the district land and land records department were tight-lipped about the development. However, speaking on condition of anonymity, an official said the BSF had approached the state government for the land.
â€œThe problem lay in the BSFâ€™s choice of land to set up the facilities. We had sent the BSF proposal to Writersâ€™ Buildings and these things take time, that is all I can say,â€ said the official.
Malda loses BSF office to land glitch
BSF boost to anti-Red ops
KORAPUT: Three BSF camps were established in Malkangiri'sKalimela area on Wednesday. These camps have come up at Bhenjagwada, Gumphakonda and Chintalwada. "The Kalimela region is the core area of Maoists and the three new BSF camps will strengthen our fight against extremists," said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh.
On May 3, DGP Prakash Mishra had visited Malkangiri and assessed the ongoing counter insurgency operation. Police said it was essential to set up the camps at these three places because the Maoists are trying to convert the area filled with thick forests and hilly terrains into their "liberated zone".
"Earlier, BSF men from Kalimela camp used to go on anti-Maoist operations to these areas but now a company of the BSF consisting around 100 jawans will be stationed at each of the camps to carry out counter insurgency operations," the SP said.
At least four battalions of BSF are deployed in Malkangiri for the anti-Maoist operations.
Recently, there has been a spurt in Maoist activities in Kalimela region. While the security personnel and Maoists had an exchange of fire at Tekguda forests on March 30, over 5,000 tribal women belonging to the Biplabi Mahila Sanghatan, reportedly a Maoist backed organization, took out a rally at Bhenjagwada in protest against the deployment of central forces on May 6.
Prior to his arrest by Andhra Pradesh police at Khamman on March 23, Maoist leader Sriramula Srinivas was staying at Tekguda and was overall incharge of strengthening the Maoist organisation in Kalimela.
BSF boost to anti-Red ops - Times Of India
Two Border Security Force battalions reach state on anti-Red mission
KORAPUT: To add teeth to the counter-insurgency operations in Odisha, two more battalions of Border Security Force (BSF) reached Jeypore in the district on Monday. While one of the battalions will be deployed in Nabarangpur district, the other will be shared by Koraput and Rayagada districts, said DIG (BSF) Akhileswar Singh.
The new batches of paramilitary forces will supplement the existing 6,000 securitymen engaged in anti-Maoist operations in the state. Currently, four battalions of BSF are deployed in Malkangiri district and two in Koraput.
Sources said one BSF camp each will now be set up at Mankidi, Tendulipadar and Bijaghati in Narayanpanta block of Koraput district to strengthen the fight against the Maoists. Currently, there are two BSF camps in Narayanpatna.
Mankidi, Tendulipadar and Bijaghati fall within the Maoist corridor, which stretches from Odisha to Andhra Pradesh. A company of the BSF comprising about 100 jawans will be stationed at each camp to carry out counter-insurgency operations in the area, said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.
In Nabarangapur district, security personnel will be deployed in Kundai and Raighar areas, which share borders with Chhattisgarh. The Mainpur division of the CPI (Maoist) operates in the area.
Officials said, the bordering areas of Nabarangpur have witnessed a spurt in Maoist activities with the rebels trying to expand their base in the district. Besides killing Umerkote MLA Jagabandhu Majhi in 2011, the Maoists had attacked the Kundai police station and murdered locals suspecting them of being police informers.
Though the situation is under control, we are not leaving anything to chance. With the deployment of BSF jawans in the district, we aim for total dominance in the area and instill confidence among the locals, said a senior police officer of Nabarangpur.
Odisha Latest News - Two Border Security Force battalions reach state on anti-Red mission
First non-IPS officer to head BSF ops at Indo-Bangla border
Kolkata/New Delhi: For the first time in its 47-year history, the Border Security Force (BSF) has appointed a non-IPS officer as its commander for the eastern theatre which guards the Indo-Bangladesh border.
1975-batch BSF cadre officer Ravi Kumar Ponoth has been promoted and appointed as the new Additional Director General (ADG) for the forces' eastern theatre which is tasked to guard the 4,096-km Indo-Bangladesh border, official sources in the forces' frontier headquarters in Kolkata said.
The post of ADG is usually occupied by an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and the cadre officers of the paramilitary rarely get an opportunity to head this top post, third in the hierarchy of the border guarding force after the Director General (DG) and Special DG, both posts reserved for senior IPS officers.
The incumbent of this post, IPS officer B D Sharma, has been transferred to the BSF headquarters in New Delhi.
Ponoth, till now serving as Inspector General (IG) of the BSF South Bengal frontier, will take charge tomorrow in Kolkata.
He is only the third BSF officer to be elevated to the post of ADG and the two earlier officers had served in headquarter units and not at an operational formation.
The officer has served in all the duty theatres of the force ranging from anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, Counter-Insurgency in the North East and anti-Naxal operation duties in Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Ponoth, an acknowledged master trainer in the BSF, is an alumnus of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in Tamil Nadu.
He will, however, be in charge for only two months as he is scheduled to retire in May this year.
First non-IPS officer to head BSF ops at Indo-Bangla border
B.S.F. D.G. visits International Border of Meghalaya
Guwahati: Consequent to his taking over and in order to review the Security scenario on the International border of Meghalaya Sh Subhash Joshi, IPS, Director General BSF has carried out a visit in the area of Meghalaya Frontier BSF. The DG, BSF arrived on 12th March 2013 and visited the border area in the East Khasi Hills and the Jaintia Hills districts. He also reviewed the security scenario and the border management on the Indo- Bangladesh border. Shri Subhash Joshi,IPS is a 1976 batch IPS officer of Uttarakhand cadre. Before his appointment as the DG BSF, Shri Joshi has served as DG,NSG, DG(P), Uttarakhand and also served at other important assignments in the Uttar Pradesh, The Meghalaya Frontier of Border Security Force looks after Border Management of 443 km of International Border with the Bangladesh. In the area of Meghalaya Frontier, 09 BSF Battalions are deployed. Besides one BSF Bn i.e. 156 Bn is deployed in Garo Hills for Counter-Insurgency Operations against the GNLA. The DG BSF visited BOP Dawki and Pyrdwah in East Khasi Hills district and reviewed the domination plan of border guarding on the International border. While addressing the Jawans, he exhorted them to maintain utmost vigil on the border and to ensure security of border and the border population.
He desired that while Force personnel should be tough and strict in dealing with smugglers and other anti-national elements however, while dealing with the border population the Force personnel should be humane and must extend all help to win their hearts and minds. He appreciated the efforts taken by the Meghalaya Frontier to outreach the border population by undertaking various Civic Action Programmes and directed to continue the same with more vigor. The DG BSF has declared 2013 as Year of BSF Jawans therefore he asked to focus on welfare of the jawans and to improve their living conditions on the border outposts.He reiterated to maintain congenial relations with the border population as they are the important stakeholders in the border management. Later in the day, the DG,BSF called upon the Honâ€™ble Governor of Meghalaya, Sh R.S.Moosahary.
On 13th March 2013, the DG, BSF inaugurated the â€˜Employment- Linked Vocational Training Programmeâ€™ a pioneer project undertaken by the BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA) at the Ftr Hqrs Shillong. The programme in collaboration with B-Able aims to provide employment-linked vocational training to the wards/families of BSF personnel so that at the end of training they are able to get employment. During the year 2013,Meghalaya Frontier has apprehended 09 GNLA militants, 07 OGWs/linkmen, 05 Indian and 10 Bangladeshi smugglers, 44 Bangladeshi illegal immigrants and seized 04 revolver,01 pistol,25 amn, FICN- 70,000 alongwith two BD FICN racketeers, Ganja- 78.45 kgs, phensedyl-5855 bottles, cattle 130 nos and contraband items worth Rs. 67 lakh approx.
BSF D G visit international border of Meghalaya ~ North East News Portal
Meghalaya Govt to help BSF in Employment-Linked Vocational Programme
SHILLONG, June 21: Director General, BSF, Utthan Kumar Bansal on Thursday reached Shillong on his three day visit to Meghalaya.
The DG BSF called on the state Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma and Chief Secretary, WMS Pariat.
DG BSF discussed various issues about Border Management with the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister appreciated the current Border Management being done by the BSF and the operational changes brought by the BSF in the recent past on the border which has improved the border security at large.
The DG also briefed Dr Sangma about Employment-Linked Vocational Programme presently in progress at Tura and Shillong under the aegis of BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA).
Infact the chief minister also desired to conduct more such programmes in the bordering area to improve the economic conditions of the border population.
The CM also assured that the state government will be partner in such noble initiative and will also fund such programmes.
He also mentioned thatÃ‚ fund under Border Area Development (BAD) can be utilized for creating physical infrastructure for conducting such Employment-Linked Vocational training programmes.
The DG BSF also called on the Director General of Meghalaya Police, N Ramachandran.
Ramachandran also mentioned that the BSF and the Meghalaya Police has been working as one team and decided to work in synergy especially in Garo Hills to tackle the GNLA threat.
It may be mentioned that one BSF battalion is deployed for Counter Insurgency Operations in the Garo Hills.
DG held a conference of DIGs and Commandants in the conference hall of the FTR HQ BSF Shillong where IG BSF Meghalaya Ftr, Sudesh Kumar, presented an overview of Border Management in the Meghalaya.
The DG was satisfied with the operational performance of the Meghalaya FTR. Subsequently, the DG BSF addressed all the officers and briefed them to perform their operational duties with full dedication and sincerity. He also desired to work in unison with the Meghalaya Police.
BSF to open 500 new border outposts to check infiltration
The BSF, which currently has 1,300 BOPs in the international border areas of Punjab, Rajasthan and Assam, will have 509 more outposts within two years.
The paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) is set to open over 500 new Border Out Posts (BOP) to check infiltration and cross-border movement of terrorists along India's borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, its special director general, Arvind Ranjan, said Monday.
"We have 1,300 BOPs in international border areas of Punjab, Rajasthan and Assam. As many as, 509 are to be opened within two years to keep a check on infiltration," Ranjan said, while addressing officers and other dignitaries on the BSF's Raising Day parade.
The ceremony was postponed from December 1 due to the demise of former prime minister IK Gujral on November 30. "The BSF secures over 6300 kilometers of the international border with Pakistan and Bangladesh. It's also deployed alongside the Indian Army on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
The BSF, over time, has developed the skills for undertaking the diverse tasks of border management, counter-insurgency operations and maintaining internal security, besides being deployed on UN missions. "Presently, the BSF is deployed in anti-Naxal (Maoist) operations in Chattisgarh and Orissa," he said.
On the occasion, different contingents of the force, including a women's contingent, particpated in the parade, at which Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde took the salute. Four BSF personnel were awarded the President's Police Medal for gallantry and eight personnel the President's Police Medal for distinguished service.
BSF to open 500 new border outposts to check infiltration - India - DNA
BSF seizes Phensedyl
Shillong, March 13: The BSF today recovered 5,550 bottles of Phensedyl cough syrup from a truck in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district. It was one of the biggest hauls of the codeine-containing cough syrup, which is used to manufacture narcotic drugs.
According to an official, the BSF intercepted a Tripura-bound truck (TR-1T-1625) at a mobile checkpost while carrying out checking at Sonapur bridge in East Jaintia Hills.
The truck was said to have been carrying palmolein oil. But, after frisking the vehicle, BSF personnel recovered 37 cartons containing 5,550 bottles of Phensedyl.
The troops also seized 1,100 tins of palmolein oil. The total value of the seized items is around Rs 38.16 lakh, the official said.
The driver and his assistant have been arrested. The driver has been identified as 25-year-old Tapal Nama Das from Ambassa village in Dhalai district of Tripura. The BSF recovered Rs 1,900, a mobile phone and a SIM card from the duo.
According to the driver, the owner of the truck loaded Phensedyl in Guwahati and it was being taken to Agartala, the BSF official said. The recovered items have been handed over to East Jaintia Hills district police for further action.
DG visit: BSF director-general Subhash Joshi yesterday reviewed the security scenario along the international border in the Meghalaya sector. He visited the border areas in the East Khasi Hills and the Jaintia Hills districts.
Joshi also reviewed the security scenario along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
The BSF's Meghalaya frontier looks after border management of 443km of international borders with Bangladesh.
Under the Meghalaya frontier's area, nine BSF battalions are deployed. Besides, one BSF battalion is deployed in Garo Hills for counter-insurgency operations against the GNLA.
Joshi visited Dawki and Pyrdiwah in East Khasi Hills district and reviewed the domination plan of border guards along the international border. Joshi exhorted the BSF jawans to maintain utmost vigil along the border and ensure security of the border population. He also declared 2013 as the year of BSF jawans.
He also appreciated the operational performance of the Meghalaya frontier, but said border management needed improvement in order for border populations to feel safe.
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