Modi Government plans to seal International borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India is considering over sealing the international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh soon.

While addressing the passing out parade of the Border Security Force Assistant Commandants at the BSF Academy in Tekanpur, Madhya Pradesh, the home minister said,

“The sealing of borders would be done as soon as possible. This could be India’s major step against terrorism and the problem of refugees.”

“The BSF has changed rules of engagement at international borders. Now, the BSF is a known entity even in neighbouring countries,” he added.

Singh further said that the border with Pakistan would be sealed by 2018, adding this decision has been taken in the wake of the increase in infiltration attempts.

Rajnath Singh also spoke about the planning for an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces which will be implemented soon.

“We are planning for an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces. The forces are coming forward with such mechanism,” said Singh. He also added that the government would apply technological solutions for sealing the border in difficult terrains.

After the passing out parade, the Home Minister signed the visitors’ book at the BSF academy.

Defence expert Brigadier (Retd.) Anil Gupta said it is an important decision as the Bangladeshis have been sneaking into the Indian Territory through this porous border.

“We have the Muslims of Burma who have been infiltrating into India and especially terrorists sponsored by the ISIS who are infiltrating into India in the states of Assam and Bengal to make their bases there ,” Brigadier (Retd.) Gupta told to media.

Another defence expert Commodore(Retd.) Praful Bakshi on his part said the borders between Islamabad, New Delhi and Dhaka must be properly sealed because illegal entries through these borders, especially from the Bangladesh side, have become a nightmare for India.

“It does not mean the people will not be allowed to cross the border, but everything will be legalised in a proper Standard operating Procedure. Proper documentation will be done that will keep illegal entrants under check,” he added.

The government’s decision to seal the border comes in the wake of rising tensions between India and Pakistan after the September 18 terror attack on a military base in Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control.

Rajnath Singh’s statement has come one day after the Ministry of External Affairs said that emanating from Pakistan is affecting not merely New Delhi but other neighbouring nations of Islamabad as well. “Pakistan has to walk away from terror. Terrorism emanating from Pakistan is affecting not merely India but other neighbours of Pakistan as well has been the core concern, continues to be the core concern and we would like it to be effectively addressed by Pakistan,” said MEA official spokesperson Gopal Baglay.

How to secure India’s international borders?

Very interesting facts about International border security:

The Centre government has planned a five-layer elaborate plan to completely stop infiltration on the 2,900-km western border with Pakistan. It entails round-the-clock surveillance through sophisticated technology which in effect will totally “lock” India’s western border to prevent terror attacks and smuggling.

CCTV cameras, thermal image and night-vision devices, battlefield surveillance radar, underground monitoring sensors and laser barriers will be placed along the border to track all movement from the other side. The integrated set-up will ensure that if one device doesn’t work, another will alert the control room in case of a transgression. Laser barriers will cover 130 unfenced sections including river and mountain terrain from Jammu & Kashmir to Gujarat.

Government confirmed ‘Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System’ (CIBMS) for 24x7x365 surveillance of the border through technology. It is the only solution to avoid further terror attacks to India. It is also the first time since Independence that India will completely lock its western border.

Anusha Shetty