The Border Security Force (BSF) has put up anti-sniping measures for the safety of its troops guarding the India-Pakistan border in the Jammu frontier.

“We have installed anti-sniping measures for the safety and security of our jawans guarding the borderline with Pakistan in the Jammu frontier,” DIG, BSF, Virender Singh, told PTI here.

Anti-sniping measures are undertaken to prevent the troops from becoming targets of any firing by snipers across the border. The measures have been taken in view of several incidents of sniping from the Pakistani side in which one jawan was killed and three others were injured in the last few months.

BSF head constable Ram Niwas Meena of the 200th Battalion was injured in sniper firing on the Narainpur Border Outpost (BOP) area in Samba district along the International Border (IB) on August 5 this year and later died.

On August 6, another jawan, Pawan Kumar, received bullet injuries during a sniping incident at Alfa Machial BOP along the IB in the Jammu sector. Constable M Basu was injured on October 14 when Pakistani troops resorted to sniping on the Katav Border Outpost along the IB in Samba district. Nets have been put in place in most of the BOPs and Observation Posts (OPs) to avoid sniping, the DIG said. To ensure the safety and security of the troops and people along the IB, the BSF is all set to raise a 10-metre high embankment along the IB in Jammu frontier, he said. The 41-metre wide and 10-metre high embankment is being raised from the Akhnoor Sector to Kathua to secure troops living along the IB from sniper firing from the Pakistani side and they can freely move behind it, he said.

The BSF, in collaboration with the State government, will acquire the land in 122 villages along the border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, he said.