Indian BSF launches "Operation Alert" along international border with Pakistan

Indian BSF launches

NEW DELHI - Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has launched “Operation Alert” along the over 200-kilometer-long International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir to curb the increasing movement of infiltrating militants from across the border.

“There are inputs that there is movement of militants and accordingly, we have declared ‘Ops Alert’ on the border,” Inspector General of BSF Jammu Frontier, Ram Awatar told reporters here on Thursday. The BSF gave a military send off by organising Wreath-laying ceremony at Frontier headquarters here in the honour of the late Head Constable Radha Pada Hazara, who was killed by firing along the IB in Samba sector yesterday.

J&K DGP Dr S P Vaid, IGP Jammu Zone and Dr S D Singh attended the ceremony along with the IG BSF Jammu Ram Awtar and other senior officers and Jawans of BSF.

“It is because of that alertness, that they have acted like that (resorting to sniper firing). The moral of the BSF is high and will continue to remain high,” the IG said.

He said the effort of the BSF was to maintain peace along the border.

“It is because of this machination of Pakistan that they yesterday martyred one jawan by sniping,” he said.

Giving details of Wednesday incident, the IG said “this jawan was performing duty at a forward post and there were four to five rounds of fire from Pakistan and one of them hit him”.

“It was followed by automatic weapon fire. After getting intimation the neighbouring mounts retaliated back and solid response was given by the BSF.