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New Delhi: India prevailed over Pakistan in the joint record of discussion signed on Saturday between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers after two days of discussion, according to an Economic Times report.

Photo Credit: www.firstpost.com
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The Pakistan Rangers insisted on using the terms like “working boundary” and “ceasefire violations” in the joint record that was signed. The Rangers use the term “Working Boundary” to refer to the International Border (IB) between India and Pakistan in the Jammu & Kashmir region. Similarly, they also wanted to use the term “ceasefire violations” and include the instances of firing by India across the IB.

But, the BSF was able to prevail over its Pakistani counterparts and the final join record stated “incidents of firing at the borders,” as per a press statement signed by both the BSF and the Rangers.

The ET report quoted a home ministry official as saying: “BSF has dominated the battlefield so far and dominated the talks as well.”

BSF also managed to bring up the issue of infiltration with the Rangers. The joint statement stated: “India has told Pakistan that in future when we see suspicious movement on the border, we will fire an illumination round from a light pistol or a para bomb as a signal to the Rangers that we are opening fire on the infiltrating terrorists and not on the Rangers. Rangers have agreed on the mechanism which will be followed by a joint post-level meeting next morning. Rangers wanted a ‘joint investigation’ of all such incidents, the BSF prevailed to use the term ‘joint verification’.”

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Heroin worth Rs. 100 crore seized by BSF in Punjab

22kg heroine was recovered during a combat between Pakistani smugglers and BSF troopers

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22kg heroin seized in Punjab
BSF recovers heroine worth Rs. 100 crores from Pakistani smugglers. Wikimedia Commons.

In a joint operation, Border Security Forces (BSF) troopers and the Punjab Police have recovered 22kg of heroin in Punjab’s Ferozepur sector following exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers near the international border, a BSF officer said on Saturday.

The encounter took place late on Friday following a tip-off that smugglers were trying to send heroin consignment into India.

At least one Pakistani smuggler was injured in the exchange of fire as blood stains were found during search of the area on Saturday, BSF officer D.S. Rajpurohit said.

The BSF recovered a pistol and one Pakistani Sim card.

The BSF also arrested three Indian smugglers who were waiting close to the border fence to collect the heroin consignment.

The smugglers were trying to smuggle the heroin consignment using a plastic pipe across the border fence.

The heroin is worth nearly Rs 110 crore in the international market.

The Ferozepur border is around 275 km from here.

Punjab shares a 553-km-long barbed-wire fenced international border with Pakistan. (IANS)

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BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s Food Video exposes Plight of Indian Soldiers, gets him transferred and given Plumber’s job

The BSF has meanwhile lodged an inquiry into Yadav's allegations

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BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, Facebook

Siachin, Jan 11, 2016: Terrible Condition of soldiers in Indian Army is not something unheard of! A shocking revelation by Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav has erupted new controversy amidst army. He has posted four videos showing the deplorable condition of food served to the jawans. Though his peers seem to be happy about it but there has been pressure on him to take down the videos.

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Yadav said that he was transferred from the BSF camp to the headquarters and has been assigned a plumber’s duty and also told that he has been asked to take down the videos. Although Yadav requested Prime Minister to take a look into this matter.

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While confessing his lack of fear for loosing his job, Yadav also told India Today that he did not think action would be taken against him because his video had gone viral. “I am not afraid of losing my job…I have shown what the reality is at the post”. “If soldiers [are] benefited because of me, then I am ready to fight.”

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“Constable Tej Bahadur as an individual has a difficult past. From initial days of his career, he needed regular counselling. Different correction mechanics have been applied for the individuals welfare as he was habitual offender of absenteeism without permission, chronic alcoholism, misbehaving and using force with superior officers and certain other acts against good order and discipline,” rediff.com quoted the BSF statement as saying.
The statement claimed that because of such behavior, Yadav had mostly served on headquarters “under supervision of some dedicated superior officer.”

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The BSF claimed that “He has been sent only 10 days ago to the (current) place of deployment on road head to facilitate support to high altitude forward locations which he has shown in current selfie, on experimental basis to observe the improvements of past counselling.”

They also alleged that no one else had a problem with the food that was served when the DIG and the Commanding officer visited him and other BSF jawans last week.

Yadav belongs to the 29 battalion Seema Suraksha Bal. Jawans in the video could be heard saying, “Neither the media, nor any minister tries to take a note on how are we going through this (harsh weather). Our conditions are still worst. (humare halat wahi darbartar hain). After this, I will send three videos that will show how our officials are mistreating us. We do not want to blame any government, because they give everything we need, but our senior officials sell everything (for their own profit).”

The video serves two purposes of representing the rot in the system, it has also not gone down well with Yadav’s seniors. The BSF has meanwhile lodged an inquiry into Yadav’s allegations.

prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon

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Abuse of Sundarbans uninhabited lands soon to be taken care of

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Kolkata: The exploitation of uninhabited islands of the Sundarbans by anti-national elements and the need for comprehensive mapping of the area was discussed at length at a meeting of defence and security agencies here on Friday.

The issue cropped up at the second annual lead intelligence agency conference for stakeholders of West Bengal and Odisha at the headquarters, Coast Guard Region (Northeast). The Indian Coast Guard is the lead intelligence agency for coastal borders and the coordinating agency for coastal security.

With 48 of the 102 islands in the Sundarbans uninhabited, the exploitation of such islands by the anti-national elements was deliberated upon by the agencies which included navy, army, Central Industrial Security Force, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, besides the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau, Border Security Force, National Security Guards and Coastal Police.

Comprehensive mapping of Sundarbans and augmentation of Marine Police for an effective surveillance also came up during the talks.

The conference focussed on hammering out the hurdles for forming the formidable Intelligence Network in both the states for an integrated seamless flow of information among central and state agencies, a Coast Guard release said.

The vulnerabilities owing to reasons of topography and riverine patches along India-Bangladesh borders was one of the most key agenda of the conference.

The porous nature of the border in the recent past has led to numerous trans-border problems including infiltration, smuggling of arms and contraband goods, and illegal movement into West Bengal. (IANS)

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