CHANDIGARH/SRINAGAR: All infiltration-prone porous points on the Indo-Pak international border in Punjab will be sealed with laser walls by December 18 to thwart infiltration. Sources in the Border Security Force (BSF) said the force is in the process of installing laser walls and other surveillance equipment at all the 41 points identified by it.
The development comes even as official data revealed that casualties due to militant violence and security force counterattacks in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed an upward surge this year. At least 78 security men were killed and 213 were injured till November-end, the highest in the last four years.
“Each laser wall will secure an area of 250 to 500 meters, depending upon the terrain. Around 200 laser walls will be installed,’’ said a BSF official. Most of these ‘walls’ have been procured from DRDO and from the R&D wing of the BSF. The lasers will detect movement and beam the exact location to the BSF. They will be monitored through an advanced satellite-based signal command system equipped with night and fog visibility tools.
Meanwhile, as per the statistics, 307 militancy incidents took place across in J&K till November-end. During the same period, 146 militants were killed in gunfights with security personnel. “Seventy-six others were arrested or surrendered before security forces.”