SILCHAR, Nov 30 – Dinesh Kumar Upadhyaya, the Inspector General of Border Security Force, Mizoram and Cachar frontier today said that there is no report of any jihadi activities in Barak Valley as yet. However, the BSF is keeping a close vigil on the movement across the border.
On the eve of the golden jubilee celebration of BSF, Upadhyaya said “there is no report of any jihadi activities in the valley so far. Our men deployed in Cachar and Mizoram are guarding the international border with Bangladesh and keeping a close vigil on the movements, despite adverse and inhospitable terrain.” He was quick to say that many BOPs in Mizoram have no surface link and are air maintained.
The BSF IG said flood lights along the international border has been illuminated to a stretch of 40 kilometres for 2 hours at night for now, and the illumination will be regular from January 2015.
Talking about the frontier’s major achievements in the current calendar year, Upadhyaya mentioned that the force has seized contraband goods worth Rs 3.6 crore to go with seizure of fake Indian currency notes worth Rs 5,13,000. He also said that the jawans had seized a huge quantity of arms which include five M-16 assault rifles and 5,178 assorted ammunition, among others.
“A sizeable force of this frontier is deployed on counter-insurgency operations in Manipur and Nagaland. Even as the existing insurgency scenario in the two neighbouring States pose an extreme threat to the BSF troops, they are nevertheless discharging their duties with grit and determination,” the IG maintained.
It is to be mentioned that BSF was established on December 1, 1965 with the primary responsibility to safe guard the international border with Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Mizoram and Cachar Frontier of BSF with it’s headquarter at Masimpur became operational on November 1, 2006. According to the BSF official, the golden jubilee celebrations will be held at the SM Dev Stadium here on Monday.