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BSF on standby to tackle terror
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 1:
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Published on 2 Dec. 2008 1:15 AM IST
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Amid criticisms over India's inadequate attack response in the Mumbai siege, the Border Security Force (BSF) has kept a platoon on a standby to tackle possible terror attacks. "We have procured weapons, electronic gadgets and other equipments to be prepared for any eventuality," Inspector General of BSF (Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland Frontier) PK Mishra said. The IG BSF was reacting to the growing criticism over India's inadequate attack response in the Mumbai siege. "We are prepared to contain any attacks from across the border and the platoon of the BSF battalion will not take even an hour to respond to the required emergency situation," Mishra told reporters, on the sidelines of the BSF's 44th raising day, here today. The 128 battalion of the BSF's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) based in Guwahati have been specially raised to tackle any emergency situation. The IG informed that the BSF had requested the centre to sanction two hover crafts and several medium vessels to ferry 20 persons each to monitor char areas in Brahmaputra River. Expressing concerns on the continuous stalemate of the barbed fence wire in the Indo-Bangla border, Mishra said only 40% fencing work had been completed in the Assam-Meghalaya border. "Flood lights in the border areas are yet to be set up thereby making it difficult for my men to detect criminals sneaking in and out of the border at night," he said. Mishra, however, said that the BSF and Bangladesh Rifles have agreed to check cross-border crimes by jointly patrolling the vulnerable areas of the porous border.

 
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