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Porous borders

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There are 783 porous stretches along the Indo-Bangladesh border and 149 gaps along the Indo-Pakistan border through which militants try to enter the country, the Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju informed Rajya Sabha recently. The fencing has been erected only along the Indo-Bangladesh, Indo-Pakistan and a very small stretch of Indo-Myanmar Border. Along Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistan border, the porous stretches or the gaps in fencing have been identified by the Border Security Force. The facts are startling especially when the threat perception is high in the wake of recent attacks in Uri. The porous borders have always been a matter of concern for security agencies. Government will have to adopt a multi-pronged approach to strengthen the porous border stretches that include effective domination of the border by carrying out round the clock surveillance of the borders by patrolling Nakas (border ambushes) and deploying observation posts all along the international border of the country. The riverine segments of international border of the country are being patrolled and dominated with the help of water crafts/speed boats/floating Border Out Posts (BOPs) of Border Security Force (BSF) Water Wings still gaps are open. The other border where country needs to secure is porous sea side to ensure attacks like 26/11 are not repeated. Unless we secure this area we are going to be as defenceless as during the Mumbai attacks. Internal security is about internal vigilance and so we are in the process of being vigilant. Though borders in Jammu and Kashmir are under fence yet there are spots which have helped in trans-border crossings and infiltrations by militants along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB). Army recently cautioned against the rising attacks in the border areas to push in militants. The two recent attacks in Arnia and Uri clearly show the change in tactics adding to it terrorists concern is the high percentage of voting in Jammu and Kashmir. So the concern expressed do carry some credence in maintaining peace on the frontiers.

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