June 10, 2007

INDIA : Intelligence system needs to be strengthened: Mitra

Tekanpur, MP, June 9: BSF Additional Director-General A K Mitra today said strengthening of intelligence system in naxalite and terrorist-affected regions could help in controlling their activities.

Mr Mitra told reporters here today that the BSF had presence in Jammu and Kashmir for the past 30 years. It had developed its intelligence system there which helped in taking action against terrorists.

However, after BSF's removal from Jammu and Kashmir, its work was now restricted to protecting the borders. Under such circumstances, lack of intelligence system in paramilitary forces posted for internal security, prevented information from reaching within time.

Mr Mitra was replying to a question in the Union Home Minister's recent statement regarding strengthening of intelligence system.

On infiltration, he reiterated that infiltration from Bangladesh and other countries could not be stopped completely.

He said infiltration had reduced on borders due to patrolling by the BSF and because of wire-fencing. Last year, more than 5,000 infiltrators had been caught, while 7,500 infiltrators had been caught a year before that.

Mr Mitra said Indo-Bangladesh boundary crossed through various villages, rivers, rivulets and mountains, as a result wire fencing of entire border was not possible.

Asked about the wire fencing to be completed by March, he said the statement was given on the basis of central construction agency's statement. The work in this regard was progressing fast and would be completed shortly.

Regarding lapse of money received for modernisation of BSF, Mr Mitra said the delay occurred due to preparation of schemes. However, modernisation was being carried out at a rapid pace.

He denied that there was dearth of sharp shooters in paramilitary forces, especially the BSF.

--- UNI

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