HM approves laser fencing long Indo-Pak border to check infiltration

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has approved laser fencing of the riverine stretches along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir in a desperate measure to check infiltration of terrorists in wake of the deadly Pathankot attack.

More than 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches will be covered by laser wall technology developed by Border Security Force (BSF) to completely eliminate the chances 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. A laser beam over a river sets off a loud siren in case of a breach.

Presently, only 5-6 vulnerable points have been covered by laser walls.

According to reports, the six Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists, who stormed into the Pathankot airbase, are believed to have entered India 5 Km downstream of Bamiyal near the Tash border outpost.

BSF had started putting up laser walls on unfenced riverine stretches of international border last year in Jammu sector, which was more prone to terrorist intrusions till terrorists carried out attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab in July last year.

BSF has also deployed additional personnel along the border in Punjab and intensified boat patrolling to avoid further infiltration.

News24 Bureau