NEW DELHI: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday said it has suspended all movement of its troops till April 21 as a preventive measure against the coronavirus outbreak.
"Instructions have been issued to all formations of BSF that leave of personnel to be extended upto April 21 who are already on leave and are due to join in the month of April, 2020."
"To avoid any communication gap, such personnel are being telephonically informed," a BSF spokesperson at its headquarters here said.
He added that similar instructions have been issued to the centers where training programs were already running and were due to terminate in the coming days.
"No movement before April 21. Stay wherever you are," the spokesperson added.
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PTI had on Monday reported that all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have suspended all non-essential movement of its troops and staffers as they have extended their leaves by another 10 days, till April 15, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The earlier orders were issued mid-March asking jawans and officers of CAPFs to "be where they are" till April 5.
The about 2.5 lakh personnel strength BSF is primarily deployed to guard Indian borders with Paksitan and Bangladesh apart from rendering a variety of duties in the internal security domain of the country.
A second-in-command rank officer of the force had tested positive for the coronavirus in Gwalior's Tekanpur last month.