Kolkata, Jan. 25 (IANS): Apart from erecting fences along the India-Bangladesh border, the Border Security Force (BSF) has also installed a smart surveillance system to further enhance vigilance especially in areas prone to smuggling, crime and infiltration, said BSF Inspector General, Tripura Frontier, Susanta Kumar. Nath said on Tuesday.
He said 95 smart surveillance cameras had been installed in 24 locations along the 856 km border between Tripura and Bangladesh.
Speaking to the media, Nath said that the BSF has taken several initiatives to complete the work of erecting barbed wire fences as well as deploying technological intervention and other measures along the borders.
“As of 2021, eight outstanding gaps of the Single Row Fence (SRF) have been fully completed and sealed. Similarly, SRF works are ongoing in other sections. The BSF is attempting to complete the works of fence across the international border at Tripura this year,” he said.
The senior BSF officer said that the BSF has also taken initiatives at the local level to plug “nullah” (drains) and culvert gaps, especially in the eastern part of the state and has up to present blocked 44 of these gaps by fixing iron gates.
He said last year, the BSF seized a huge amount of contraband valued at around Rs 35.64 crore, including various highly addictive narcotics valued at around Rs 14 crore.
As part of the BSF’s campaign against the threat of drugs, paramilitary soldiers conducted special campaigns in many border areas and destroyed 45,07,039 ganja (marijuana) plantations.
BSF Tripura Frontier apprehended 221 people including 97 Bangladeshis and six other foreign nationals in an attempted illegal border crossing in 2021 compared to 128 people detained in 2020.
The BSF IG said that as part of the confidence building measures with the Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB), countless initiatives have been taken in the past year. These include meetings at the level of Inspectors General, Area Commanders, Sector Levels, organization of football matches, joint cultural events and the “Maitree Cycling Rally”.
BSF and BGB jointly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh Liberation War, India’s Independence Day and Republic Day and other events.