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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Two bravehearts from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, who captured a Pakistani terrorist who held them hostage after attacking a Border Security Force (BSF) bus, said they were proud to contribute to the nation.

Rakesh and Vikramjit were on Thursday felicitated with the ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Bravery Award’ by All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) chairman M.S. Bitta and Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty

They also said they were not afraid even when their lives were under threat after the incident.

“We offered him food, but instead he wanted to kill us. But we overpowered him,” said Rakesh Sharma, 24, and Vikramjit, 33, who helped capture alive Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Mohammed Naveed alias Usman.

The duo, related to each other, said that though they faced threats to their lives, they were not bothered as service to the nation was supreme.

“We did not care for our lives; we will continue to serve our country,” Rakesh said, recounting the incident which pushed them into national limelight.

“It was a great thing for us that we could do something small for the security of our motherland,” said Vikramjit.

Without bothering about their safety, they grabbed Naveed’s AK-47 rifle and pinned him to the ground.

Naveed and another terrorist had attacked a BSF bus on August 5 at Narsu Nallah in Udhampur district, killing two troopers and injuring 11 others.

While Naveed’s accomplice was killed in the gunfight with BSF troopers, he managed to escape to Samroli, 15 km from the attack site on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. He later took three people hostage in a house in Chirdi village.

The duo, who flew down to Mumbai specially to receive the award, were given Rs.1 lakh each by AIATF.

Jammu and Kashmir Police have already recommended their names to the Centre for Shaurya Chakra gallantry award.

AIATF chief Bitta said he planned to visit their native village and meet the villagers, besides asking the Jammu and Kashmir government to make efforts for their uplift.

“If a movie is made on this incident, I would like to portray the roles of either Rakesh Sharma and Vikramjit,” Suniel Shetty said, adding that the duo’s heroic act was much bigger than what he had played in the movie ‘Border’.

 

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BSF, BGB Discuss Measures to Curb Trans-Border Crime Including Unwanted Loss of Life, Smuggling of Cattle

The aim of this conference was to improve mutual co-operation and understanding between both the border guarding forces of India

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The BSF delegation was led by Yogesh Bahadur Khurania, Inspector General, South Bengal Frontier, while Md Jalal Ghani Khan, Additional Director General, Region Commander, South West Region, Jashore, was the head of the Bangladesh team. Pixabay

Measures to curb trans-border crime including unwanted loss of life, smuggling of cattle, drugs and narcotics were among major issues discussed at a four-day meeting between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) that ended here on Sunday.

Smuggling of arms and ammunition and gold were also deliberated upon during the Border Co-ordination Conference between Inspectors’ General of BSF and Region Commanders’ of the BGB, officials told the media.

The BSF delegation was led by Yogesh Bahadur Khurania, Inspector General, South Bengal Frontier, while Md Jalal Ghani Khan, Additional Director General, Region Commander, South West Region, Jashore, was the head of the Bangladesh team.

“The aim of this conference was to improve mutual co-operation and understanding between both the border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh for better border management and to resolve various issues related to border in the mutual interests of both the countries,” said Khurania.

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Smuggling of arms and ammunition and gold were also deliberated upon during the Border Co-ordination Conference between Inspectors’ General of BSF and Region Commanders’ of the BGB, officials told the media. Pixabay

“During the conference, various issues for effective border management were discussed which included measures to curb trans-border crime including unwanted loss of life, smuggling of cattle, drugs and narcotics, contraband items,” he added.

The delegations also discussed about effective measures to check illegal movement across the International Boundary, smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), breach of fence and safety and security of border population of both the countries.

During the meeting, various pending issues related to infrastructure and developmental works in border areas were also discussed, with both sides appreciating various activities being conducted under the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP).

The CBMPt includes Simultaneous Coordinated Patrols (SCP), sharing of intelligence, identification of vulnerable areas and increased frequency of meetings at all levels.

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Both sides appreciated that trans-border crime has declined following efforts made by the border guarding forces, and agreed to pursue the construction of developmental projects in the respective border areas. (IANS)