In a first, BSF deploys marine battalion in Arabian sea

JAISALMER: In view of threat to security along the shores, the BSF will deploy its newly formed marine battalion in the Arabian sea for the first time. For now, the BSF has been given the responsibility of guarding 82 km, from Medi to Jakhau in Gujarat. It was approved in the cabinet secretary level meeting. Terrorists across the international border adjoining Jammu are constantly trying to enter into India. But BSF,s vigil has kept the trespassers away, BSF director general Raman Shrivastava said.

The DG said that the BSF water wing has been constituted to guard Sundarbani, creek . In regard to deployment of the BSF in the naxalite area, he said that ten BSF reserve battalions have been deployed there and five at Balakar and Kotfu. These battalions were specially trained for jungle warfare for three to five months.

The situation is under control at these areas. The markets are opening up and buses and taxis have started plying, people are coming out of their homes for work and recreation. Development works have been resumed. When asked about the deployment of BSF at the Burma Border instead of Assam Rifles, Shrivastava said the proposal is yet to be passed by the Prime Minister; it has cleared the cabinet secretary and home ministry levels. Terrorists usually try to enter India through LOC adjoining Jammu and Kashmir but up on failing they use the international border.

It has become a launch pad for terrorists. But, BSF has stepped up security there preventing any terrorists from entering in the past year. He added that we have good relations with the Bangladesh Security Forces and our Prime Minister will be soon visiting Bangladesh to resolve issues. He further said that facilities for jawans are increasing. They will get six hours to sleep and weekly offs too. It will not affect operation duty.

Apart from this, modern facilities for jawans like housing are being planned. Shrivastava arrived in Jaisalmer along with his wife in a special BSF plane, he was received by Rajasthan frontier inspector general KL Meena, IDG BR Meghwal, sector north, Jaisalmer. After arriving here, the DG headed to the Tanot border in a helicopter, where 62nd Battalion commandant Kulwant Sharma welcomed him. During his stay there, he offered prayers for peace at the Tanot Mateshwari temple. He met the jawans, motivated them and sought officers' feedback. Later, he inaugurated barracks for jawans at the SSB campus and the administration block at in Dabla. He left for Jodhpur at four in the afternoon.