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 Jammu:  The Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed an outrage on Sunday when Pakistan Rangers resorted to indiscriminate shelling and firing targeting over a dozen villages and Border Security Force outposts along the international border.

“Pakistan Rangers are using mortar shells and heavy weapons to target over a dozen villages and BSF outposts along the border in Samba district,” a senior police officer told reporters.

“The targeted outposts include Khoada, Mangu Chak, Ragal, Challyarian, SP 4 and Malu Chak in Ramgarh sector. The BSF gave an effective response and heavy shelling and firing was still on,” he said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Pakistan releases 78 Indians imprisoned in Karachi Jail

Seventy-seven Indian fishermen and a person from Bihar, who were imprisoned in a Karachi jail, returned to India after being released by Pakistan

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  • Pakistan released seventy-seven Indian fishermen and a person from Bihar, who were imprisoned in a Karachi jail
  • Yesterday the 78 prisoners were handed over by Pakistan to the Border Security Force (BSF) at a joint check post at Attari/Wagah border in a goodwill gesture
  • The Indian fishermen were arrested when their boats ended up in Pakistan’s waters in an area of the Arabian Sea where they were surrounded and later caught by the coast guards

Amritsar, July 11, 2017: Pakistan released seventy-seven Indian fishermen and a person from Bihar, who were imprisoned in a Karachi jail and allowed them to return to India.

Yesterday the 78 prisoners were handed over by Pakistan to the Border Security Force (BSF) at a joint check post at Attari/Wagah border in a goodwill gesture. They crossed over to India using the land transit route on the basis of Emergency Travel Certificates issued by the Indian High Commission based at Islamabad.

Last year in May, the Indian fishermen were arrested when their boats ended up in Pakistan’s waters in an area of the Arabian Sea where they were surrounded and later caught by the coast guards, mentioned PTI report.

A team of Indian doctors conducted medical check-ups immediately after the repatriation of the released civilians, officials posted at Attari Border on the Indian side stated yesterday.

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It was an emotional homecoming for the group. The moment they crossed over to their motherland, they expressed happiness and gratitude by bowing their heads and kissing the Indian soil.

However, an expression of anxiety was reflected by the faces of the fishermen when they talked about their uncertain future as their boats still remain in the custody of Pakistan, mentioned the PTI report.

The cost of a boat usually varies from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, depending on its size and quality. Most of the fishermen added that they were already debt-ridden before their arrest as they purchased the boats with the help of loans. Now their current situation would make them jobless.

According to the fishermen, identifying the territorial waters and borders during fishing in the Arabian sea was difficult.

There have been frequent cases where Fishermen have been taken under arrest along with their boats by both India and Pakistan. The reasons behind that are nothing but the poorly defined maritime border in the Arabian Sea and the lack of needed technology to ascertain their precise location in the boats used.

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Kolkata Human Rights body accuses Border Security Force (BSF) of extra-judicial killing of a Bangladeshi Youth

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Kolkata, December 10, 2016: A state-based human rights organisation has written to the National Human Rights Commission demanding a magisterial enquiry into the alleged extra-judicial killing of a Bangladeshi youth by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.

“Md. Moslem Sardar (31), a resident of Satkhira in Bangladesh, was shot at the back of his head by a BSF personnel at the Border Post No.11/6-S of BOP Amudia in Swarupnagar in the afternoon of November 15,” Kirity Roy, Secretary of Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) said in the letter.

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 The victim, allegedly involved in cross border smuggling, was shot while trying to smuggle cattle from India to Bangladesh along the Amudia-Khalsi border on that day, Roy said.

Though the BSF claimed the victim was killed during an encounter, Roy alleged a gunshot at the back of his head hints otherwise.

He claimed the BSF had lodged a complaint before the officer in-charge of Swarupnagar Police Station stating an encounter took place between the BSF personnel and smugglers at the Amudia-Khalsi border on that day and the BSF personnel fired a shot in self defence that hit the smuggler.

“However, the gunshot injury on the back of his head shows that the victim was on the retreat and was not in a position to fight back,” the human rights activist said.

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Roy further alleged that no investigation was conducted by the concerned police station in compliance with the Commission’s revised guidelines in case of encounter deaths.

“Though a criminal case was registered under Swarupnagar police station, no inquiry or investigation has taken place till date,” he said.

Roy sought action by the Commission and a magisterial enquiry.

“The authorities concerned should be directed to take action to find out the possibility of any foul play in the extra-judicial killing of the victim,” Roy said.

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“The whole matter should be investigated by the investigation wing of the Commission. A magisterial enquiry must be held as per the revised guidelines issued by NHRC dated 2/12/2003 in case of encounter death so that the people are assured that the rule of law rather than the rule of the gun is operative,” he added in the missive. (IANS)

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Post Uri attack, India upgrades tech and puts up virtual Laser Walls to ‘seal’ Pakistan Border

Functioning with laser-beams and infra red rays; the high-end laser-walls in Indo-Pak borders can not only detect a breach in the system but can also differentiate between a human and an animal

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  • The high-end laser walls between Pakistan and India function with  laser-beams and infra-red rays
  • The laser-walls are being installed by the India-based company CRON systems
  • Home ministry officials have explained that the GPS coordinates at least about 200 kilometres inside Pakistan, would be used for a virtual border zone next

New Delhi, India. October 22, 2016: Post the Uri attack, the unrest and tension between India and Pakistan have made the nation forget a hope for peace. BSF or the Border Security Force has upgraded the laser walls technology to strengthen the virtual laser walls, securing the border which is a breakthrough in the Border Defense System of the country!

Functioning with laser-beams and infrared rays; the high-end laser-walls between Pakistan and India can not only detect a breach in the system or a break-in and intrusion in the LOC, but can also differentiate between a human and an animal.

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The laser-walls are being installed by the India-based company CRON systems. The founder of CRON Tushar Chhabra was quoted as saying to DNA, “The surgical strike made the situation at the borders more tense and we were requested to upgrade all existing systems with the newer KVI-101S (technology) since the BSF believes that this time around the intrusion attempts will increase. The plan is to cover the entire frontier with the new laser walls by February-March next year.”

The present series of the virtual walls are named KVI-101S and functions with the IR-optics. Click To Tweet

Minor upgrades of the intrusion detector systems were ongoing over the past months but the following the very recent surgical strikes, a new series of the laser-walls were installed on the 8 kilometres region of the border. The present series of the virtual walls are named KVI-101S and functions with the IR-optics. It works far better in the frontier lands than the previous versions which were not fully compatible under harsh weathers and marshy areas.

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“The KVI-101S system requires very little human intervention, has smarter detection capabilities and the encryptions are hack-proof,” Chhabra stated to DNA.

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Tushar Chhabra, founder of CRON Systems. Youtube

Former BSF Inspector General Rakesh Sharma was the first one to adopt the laser-technology for virtual walls. “Human error can never be neglected and therefore BSF needs the latest technology to guard our borders because the counterpart will never stop attempting (to intrude). I am proud to know that these systems are being made in India,” he was reported as saying to DNA.

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Home ministry officials have explained that the GPS coordinates at least about 200 kilometres inside Pakistan, would be used for a virtual border zone next and the area will be constantly monitored by thermal imaging HD cameras placed in balloons and UAVs.

CRON has confirmed and reported to DNA that about an ongoing project for an upcoming upgraded system named miCRON which is to enable encrypted communication for fencing of five-layer. Drones are also being developed and all these will be adding a smart layer of defence to the Indian borders soon.

– Prepared by NewsGram team with inputs from DNA