GUWAHATI, March 24 � The Border Security Force (BSF) has stepped up vigil along the international borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan to prevent any element of anti-India forces from sneaking into the country to create disturbances during the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Director General of BSF, DK Pathak said that the process of sealing the international borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh has already started in view of the ensuing polls and border guarding would not be compromised even if BSF men have to be deployed for maintaining law and order during the elections.
Commenting on the threat from Bangladesh, Pathak said that according to inputs available, some elements, who do not want peaceful elections in India, might try to sneak into the country from Bangladesh to create disturbances, particularly in the bordering areas. He said that to prevent any such incident, vigil along the India-Bangladesh border has been intensified and even the commandants have been directed to stay in the border outposts.
The DG, BSF admitted that there are some constrains like lack of fencing in some parts of the international border, lack of floodlights along the border etc. �But the fencing is not the only way to seal the border and the BSF will have to work under the constraints to carry out its assigned task of guarding the border. In the places where the international border is not fenced, the BSF manages to guard the border by extensive patrolling and using the modern gadgets available to seal the border,� he added.
Pathak said that at present because of improvement of relations between India and Bangladesh, the BSF is enjoying very good working relations with the Border Guards, Bangladesh (BGB) and regular meetings are held between the officials of both the forces at different levels. He revealed that regular sharing of inputs between the BSF and BGB improved border management to a great extent. That, along with improved vigil along the border, increased seizures by the BSF along the international border, he added.