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BSF on alert in Punjab following ceasefire violation by Pak in J&K

Times of India, 24 August 2014

AMRITSAR: Border Security Force (BSF) has alerted its troops in Punjab in the wake of ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Rangers, which resorted to heavy shelling on its posts in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) killing two civilians on Saturday. "Not only due to the recent incident, but generally also our troops remains on high alert in the region to prevent any infiltration and smuggling attempts," BSF inspector general (IG), Punjab frontier, Ashok Kumar told TOI on Saturday.BSF's first border outpost (BOP) Dhinda in Punjab is always at high risk of unprovoked attack from Pakistan since it borders J&K. It has installed special surveillance equipment at Dhinda, which faces Pakistan's notorious Masrur Bara Bhai village, known as launchpad to push terrorists into India.BSF has installed sophisticated armoury, including long range reconnaissance and observation system (LORROS) that has long range and electro-optic day and night sensing platform, light machine guns (LMGs), medium machine guns (MMGs) and grenade launchers, to foil any temerarious bid from Pakistan. BSF has also set up high mast towers to illuminate the whole area besides putting including concertina wire.IG Kumar informed that they had taken every best possible measure to avert any mishap. "There is a possibility that unprovoked firing can spread to this region. But there has been no such incident in the recent past," he said.


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