In the last five years, the Border Security Force (BSF) in Gujarat has apprehended about 96 infiltrators on the Indo-Pakistan border. This includes over 14 Pakistanis (till November) who have been caught trying to sneak across into Indian territory.
“A pilot project of setting up a laser fence is on at a couple of places. Once it is tested and is successful, we will implement it here… This system will have a lot of advances including CCTVs,” said G S Malik, IG BS, Gujarat frontier, during an interaction at the BSF headquarters at Chiloda on the eve of the 53rd Raising Day of BSF.
This laser fence is considered important for the Indo-Pakistan border in Gujarat because, out of an estimated 512 kilometres of land border that Gujarat shares with Pakistan, only 340 kilometres has been sanctioned for fencing. Of this, only a little over 280 kilometres has been fenced. The rest of the area is yet to be covered as the marshy and water-logged terrain is not considered feasible for construction of a fence. This stretch is expected to be covered using nonphysical barriers like a laser fence.
In September 2018, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had inaugurated two pilot projects under Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) in Jammu, where, using a high-tech surveillance system an invisible electronic barrier is begin…