Against the backdrop of escalating ceasefire violations by Pakistan and sniping incidents along the International Border, Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami on Friday reviewed the security situation in Jammu frontier.
Mr. Goswami, who was accompanied by senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), visited Border Out Posts (BoPs) along the IB in R S Pura border belt of Jammu district.
“I have come here with a team of senior officials of the Home Ministry to inspect and review the security situation along the International Border and also meet jawans — we have been briefed,” Mr. Goswami told reporters at Octerio BoP in R S Pura.
“I have visited the border areas, met jawans, their morale is high,” he said, adding that they are vigilant along the borderline.
The Union Home Secretary reviewed the overall security situation at the IB along with the senior officers of Jammu frontier led by IG BSF, S S Tomar, BSF officials said.
The senior officials briefed Mr. Goswami about the increase in ceasefire violations, firing and sniping incidents, besides infiltration attempts from Pakistan.
During his interaction with the troops deployed along the borderline with Pakistan, Mr. Goswami told them that they are doing a “good job.”
Pakistan has violated the ceasefire agreement 11 times in the past six days.
Two jawans were also critically wounded when they were hit by sniper fire along 190 km-long IB in Narainpur post and Alfa Machial in Samba and Jammu this month. One of the BSF jawans died at the AIIMS in New Delhi and another is battling for life.
On August six, a group of 20 heavily armed men led by Pakistani troops had entered 450 metres into the Indian territory in the Poonch sector and ambushed a patrol killing five soldiers.
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