To check any infiltration of terrorists, Home Ministry is giving a top priority to cover over 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches along the India-Pakistan border by laser walls. This comes in the wake of recent Pathankot attack. A home ministry official said all these riverine stretches located in the state of Punjab will be covered by the laser wall technology developed by Border Security Force to not give the chance of breach of the international border by Pakistan-based terror groups.
A laser wall is a mechanism to detect objects passing the line of sight between the laser source and the detector.Whenever there is a breach, a laser beam over the river sets off a loud siren.
In these 40 vulnerable points, only 5-6 are covered by laser walls. The suspected infiltration point of Ujj river in Bamiyal used by the six Jaish-e- Mohammad terrorists before attacking the air base in Pathankot was reportedly not covered by a laser wall.
A camera which was installed to keep watch over the 130-metre-wide river bed was also found to be not recording the footage.
A laser wall was put up by BSF which covered this stretch last week ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pathankot air base on January 9.
Last year, the BSF had started installing laser walls on unfenced riverine stretches of international border in Jammu sector, as the area was more prone to infiltration incidents.
The terrorists believed to have entered India five kms downstream of Bamiyal near the Tash border outpost – a riverine point not covered by a laser wall as well. The area has BSF posts on either side of the river with a personal on each post keeping a watch on the river for 24 hours. High mast lights are lit up in the area to keep surveillance on the activities.
It is being said that there is a possibility that the six JeM terrorists might have walked through the dry river bed at night and security personnel might have missed it. According to officials, Bamiyal is not a drug trafficking route as no drugs have been seized in Delhi over the past 3-4 years. The BSF has intensified boat patrolling; particularly during night and have extra deployment of security forces was done along the border in Punjab.