Innocent Lives are Price for Protection here

 

The Border Security Forces (BSF) who are responsible for protecting the Indo-Bangladesh frontier usher violence upon the people of the border areas in the north-eastern states.

In a latest and one of the most shocking incidents, two BSF personnel posted at Silsury Border Outpost (BOP) under Mami district of Mizoram the allegedly raped a woman and killed another, along the Indo- Bangladesh border in Mamit district. The rape survivor, identified as Dangubi Milebo Chakma (name changed) in a statement alleged that on July 16 she was waylaid and gang raped while she, along with another woman Rangabi Chakma, had gone to collect bamboo shoots into the forest. The survivor’s account speaks of more than just this. She told the police that when she resisted the rape attempt, the BSF personnel rubbed an acid-soaked cloth on her face. She has suffered serious injuries on her face and eyes and is undergoing treatment at Aizwal.

Many untold stories of BSF’s atrocities reside in these areas and very few cases see the light of the media and even aspire to seek justice. To note some, on January7, 2011 BSF personnel killed 14 year old Felani Khatun near Anantpur. A year before that, on November 30, 2010 a man named Khoka Mia was shot while trying to save his daughter Tulu Aktar from being molested by BSF jawans at Amzadnagar, Belonia, in the state of Tripura. On April 15, 2006 the BSF indiscriminately open fired upon the Chakma tribal village at Bulongsuri under the Lunglei district when the villagers protested against the BSF for the mistreatment of a Buddhist monk. And many have still not found justice under the judicial files.

To take stringent measures against the BSF becomes tough as they are protected under Sections 46 and 47 of the BSF Act, 1968 that grants BSF personnel immunity from being tried in regular courts, thus making them virtually inaccessible.

Biplab Mukherjee, secretary of Kolkata-based Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), that filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the BSF Act, says that on an average ten cases of BSF related violence are reported every month in the Bengal-Bangladesh border. And this is only a scratch on the surface of the bigger reality that exists.

 

Sources: Newslaundry, The Northeast Today

 

 

 

Army Prevents Infiltration Bid in Kupwara

On Thursday, August 25, yet another infiltration bid was foiled by the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of Kashmir’s Kupwara district. An encounter took place when Indian security forces fired at a group of terrorists who were attempting to cross the LoC. In the gun battle, one jawan of the Rajput Regiment was reportedly injured. The injured soldier has been shifted to the hospital and is supposedly in a stable condition, according to an official.

A search operation is underway in the Kupwara district in order to endure that no militants remain active in the area. The Border Security Force (BSF) and Army have had to increase vigilance along the LoC in order to prevent infiltration by militants from across the border, which have increased in frequency since July. OnlySunday, the Army was involved in another encounter in the same region with militants from across the border. Three militants were killed in that operation.

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Four terrorists killed near LoC, one captured

Four terrorists were killed and in an encounter by the Border Security Force (BSF) near the Line of Control in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday. Additionally, the forces also managed to capture one terrorist, who was found to be a Pakistani citizen. The four killed terrorists were also found to be foreign nationals.

The arrest has been lauded by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who called it a big achievement on the part of the Indian army. “Catching a terrorist alive is a big success as it brings in open the game plan of Pakistan”, he told The Indian Express. Vital information is expected from the arrested terrorist. The troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir has been in the news lately over the recent period of renewed unrest.

According to India Today, the forces had exchanged fire for a while in an effort to flush out any remaining terrorists in the region. This encounter comes barely a month after he deadly Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed eight CRPF jawans and injured 20 others.

BSF Foils Infiltration Bid

Barely a month after the deadly Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed eight CRPF jawans and injured 20 others, Kashmir has come into the spotlight again for another incident. The Naugam sector near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of the state on July 26th saw another encounter where Border Security Forces (BSF) exchanged fire with terrorists who had entered the region. Four of these terrorists were killed in the ensuing battle, but one was apprehended. The effort went on for a while as the Indian army tried to flush out any remaining terrorists in the region. The captured terrorist has been found to be a Pakistan citizen and the four others have also been found to be foreign nationals.

The arrest has been lauded by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who called it a big achievement on the part of the Indian army. “Catching a terrorist alive is a big success as it brings in open the game plan of Pakistan”, he told The Indian Express. Vital information is expected from the arrested terrorist. The troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir has been in the news lately over the recent period of renewed unrest.

Sources

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/jammu-and-kashmir-encounter-terrorist-killed-pakistan/1/723979.html

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Arrest-of-terrorist-a-big-success-Rijiju-on-Kupwara-encounter/2016/07/26/article3548085.ece

Pathankot: BSF shoots intruder, two others escape

The Border Security Force team shot a suspected intruder along the Indo-Pak border at Pathankot, on Thursday morning. A total of three intruders were found trying to cross the border of which one was shot dead and the other two managed to escape before. The interlopers were seen entering India from the area of Tash Lassian in the Pathankot sector.

Officials said the Border Security Force team which is deployed at the International Border (IB) found suspicious movement near the Bamiyal area at about 6 am this morning. The troops then fired at them to prevent breach of any kind.

“One intruder has been killed while two others fled back from the IB. The area where the incident took place is called Taash and is in Gurdaspur sector near Bamiyal in Pathankot,” they said.

BSF Inspector General, Anil Paliwal said that the intruders wanted to take advantage of  high levels of fog and enter India but were intercepted by BSF personnel

Bamiyal area where today’s incident occurred is the exact same area through which the terrorist involved in the Pathankot terror attack nearly three weeks ago entered India from Pakistan.

Sources said that the intruders who were sent into India were from Jalalabad village of Pakistan, close to the International border in front of Tash Lassian and Bhariyal villages in India.

News source: timesofindia.com

Laser walls to be built around riverine areas of Indo-Pak border soon

New Delhi: 40 riverine along the India-Pakistan border will soon be covered by laser walls, said the home ministry. This initiative is the top priority for the ministry right now, especially after the Pathankot attack.

All of these riverine stretches are located in Punjab, and will be soon covered by laser walls. This equipment has been developed by the Border Security Force (BSF) solely for the purpose of avoiding repetition of another Pathankot attack.

A laser wall basically detects any object that passes the line between the laser and the detector. And if at any cost an object is detected passing through it, then the laser sets off a loud siren to alert.

According to reports, out of the 40 stretches, five or six have already been protected with the laser walls. The Ujj River in Bamiyal, which was used as a path to enter by the six Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists, during the Pathankot attack, has however still not been covered by a laser wall.

Reports also showed that the security camera that had been installed in order to watch over the 130-metre-wide river bed, has not recorded any footages yet.

However, before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 9th of January to the Pathankot airbase, the BSF is said to have covered this particular area with a laser wall. The forces guarding the border had already started to cover riverine stretches in Jammu area last year when the Gurdaspur attack took place.

Bamiyal near the Tash border is an area that hadn’t been covered with laser walls then, and the same area is believed to have been the source of entry for them. Both the sides of Bamiyal have reportedly been guarded by BSF security personnel and also the area has been lit adequately.

BSF is said to have expanded their security systems, and have positioned more personnel along the Punjab border.

 

Sources: TOI , India Today

Four accused of spying for ISI booked under Official Secrets Act

New Delhi : Four of the five accused men who had apparently supplied sensitive information to Pakistan’s Intelligence agency and received money in return have been charged under the Official Secrets Act, as told by the Delhi Police at a court on Thursday.

The four arrested are -Munawwar Ahmad Mir, a former army personnel, who received Rs 40,000. Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja got Rs 30,000 while constable of J-K Light Infantry unit Fareed Ahmad and Mohd Sabar, a teacher by profession had got Rs10, 000 each from ISI handlers in exchange for supply for documents, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police told the Court.

Sanjay Khanagwal, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, sent BSF head Constable Abdul Rasheed along with the four accused to 14 days Judicial Custody, after the investigating officer declared that they were not required for further custodial interrogation.

The IO told the court that a CD containing evidence of conversation between the accused and ISI operatives has been sent to the forensic science lab for further analysis. Also, that the police had retrieved several documents in possession of the accused, further implicating them in the case.

The police stated they had obtained bank statements of two of the accused from their Jammu branches, where they supposedly received money transfer from their handlers. During the court proceedings, information came to light that other suspects in connection with the case were likely to be arrested.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/four-accused-of-espionage-for-isi-charged-under-official-secrets-act/story-Lc28aWvB9c4ATYvqk8N4nK.html

Kafaitullah Khan, a handler of Pakistan Intelligence Operative Image source: The Hindu
Kafaitullah Khan, a handler of Pakistan Intelligence Operative
Image source: The Hindu