21 intruders returned
According to the IG of BSF, in 2021, about 58 infiltration attempts were made along the LoC. Of these, five infiltrators were killed, 21 returned and one surrendered. At least 31 infiltrators managed to cross the border, which is much less than the previous years, he said.
Force up to 196 km of the border
The official said that there has been peace since the ceasefire again along the Line of Control by the armies of India and Pakistan in February 2021. The BSF is stationed at 96 km of the LoC, while jointly with the Army, it is stationed at 196 km. We are aiming to bring the infiltration down to zero and this is possible with the coordination of various forces.
Terrorists being killed within 6-8 weeks
The IG also said that last year drones were seen on the LoC but they did not go to our area. Singh said, “We are procuring anti-drone technology. Apart from this, more drones are also coming. He said around 138 to 145 youths were trained last year to join various terrorist organizations, but terrorists are being killed in six to eight weeks.
From ammunition to drugs recovered
Police, Army and CRPF are conducting successful operations in the hinterland. BSF has also seized around 17.3 kg heroin worth Rs 80 crore in 2021. Zero tolerance policy for drug trafficking is being worked out. There have been 31 infiltration incidents in 2021, 130 in 2019 and 36 in 2020. The IG said that during 2021, the BSF also seized three AK-47 rifles, six pistols, 1,071 ammunition, 20 grenades, two IEDs in various incidents. BSF as part of its public programs has organized several trips across India for youth in Kashmir. The IG said that public outreach programs in border areas are very important to bring the population into the (national) mainstream and ensure their well being. Meanwhile, BSF personnel have been put on high alert in Jammu ahead of the Republic Day celebrations. The BSF is carrying out an extensive anti-tunnel operation, despite inclement weather along the border, to thwart any nefarious attempt. Special patrols are working.