Security forces have found answer to the infiltration at the border. In an attempt to thwart infiltration attempts along the international border especially with Pakistan, the security forces has decided to acquire ground sensors to pick up movement. Though in the first phase, these sensors will be installed at the international border with Pakistan and Bangladesh, but later on army will also be used in disputed Line of Control alongwith Pakistan and Line of Actual Control on Indo-China border.
During 2013, there were 270 infiltration attempts by Pakistan backed militants at the Line of Control. And out of 270 attempts, 90 attempts were proved successful in the last year.
Government sources claim that last year’s incident of a 400 feet long tunnel detected in the Samba sector of Jammu in July to aid militants to infiltrate into Indian territory, has woken up the security agencies.
“it is not possible to guard every nook and corner of the border, especially at the LoC, where terrain is unfriendly. Such high-end gadgets can detect any movement and subsequently alert the command and control room,”said an officer.
The gadget called as Unattended Ground Sensors(UGS) was proven successful during US allied forces operation in Afghanistan and Iraq. Interestingly, this device proved itself , when it was used by the US security forces to curb infiltration on its border with Mexico and also by Israel.
Border Security Force, which guards border with Pakistan and Bangladesh has floated a tender to acquire such sensors. BSF has asked for a device, which should have the capability to give real time alarm to detect an intruder or multiple intruder locations simultaneously, to ensure round-the-clock surveillance by utilising a combination of day and night surveillance cameras, control and display units. In response to BSF requirement, many global firms have responded.
“These senors provides high-quality imagery, day or night. The sensor can endure adverse weather and temperatures ranging from -10Â° Celsius to 55Â° Celsius. UGS can monitor an area of at least three kms and can last for almost two years on its battery once semi-buried in the ground,”said Inderjit Sial. President of Textron India private limited, a US based defence firm, who supplied UGS to NATO forces during Afghanistan and Iraq war.
Infiltration attempts at LoC:
Year Attempted Successful
2006 573 343
2007 535 311
2008 342 57
2009 485 114
2010 489 95
2011 247 52
2012 264 121
2013 270 90