NEW DELHI, Nov 26 � The Border Security Force (BSF) has confirmed that only 65 per cent of the Indo-Bangladesh border has been fenced, while 85 per cent of the western border with Pakistan has been sealed.
Director General of BSF DK Pathak, while addressing newsmen on the occasion of completion of 50 years of the Central force, said that non-fencing of the international border poses a threat of infiltration from Bangladesh.
In the riverine areas fencing is not possible. But the DG added that they are exploring various technical solutions to resolve the problem. The solutions include deployment of un-manned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The air units will see the introduction of eight Mi-17 V5 helicopters to assist border management, including in anti-naxal operations. The water wing will see the induction of three new floating border outposts (BOPs).
The official, when asked about the number of infiltrators who have crossed into the country from Bangladesh, however, said that they have no idea. �We do not know how much infiltration has taken place,� Pathak said.
Those who are caught are pushed back to Bangladesh and those caught behind the Zero Line are handed over to police. There are several weak spots, unfenced areas. There is a multi-tier system in place to detect illegal migrants, the DG said.
The DG, however, declined to comment on the recent incident of infiltration of jihadi from Bangladesh into Assam and West Bengal, some of whom were caught. �The matter has been handed over to NIA for investigation, therefore we would like to wait for its report.� Pathak said.