He was just four feet two inches tall and walked with a limp. Noor Mohammed Tantray, the Jaish-e-Mohammed commander who was gunned down today, stood out in a crowd but his mental acuity more than made up for that disadvantage, officials said.Called “merchant of death” by a special court in Delhi, Tantray was believed to be the brains behind several terror strikes, including the attack on the BSF camp outside the Srinagar airport on October 3 and on state minister Naeem Akhtar’s cavalcade in Tral on September 21 this year. The end came during the intervening night of December 25 and 26 at Samboora in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, not far from his home in Tral. The killing of the 47-year-old JeM divisional commander, who was out on parole, is a “significant blow” to the terror group’s operations in the Valley, officials said.”We had missed him only by few minutes in the past and I was sure he would run out of luck soon as his height was his biggest disadvantage. With each passing day, the search narrowed,” a senior police official, involved in the operations, said on condition of anonymity. Tantray’s limp also made it difficult for him to disappear into a crowd and police officials were sure they would be able to isolate him. After escaping from the Aripal encounter — in which three JeM militants were killed — at Tral in April this year, Tantray had been on the radar of the Special Unit of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.Also readTop Jaish-e-Mohammad commander gunned down in Jammu and Kashmir’s PulwamaTheir efforts to track him down finally bore fruit on Christmas night when he was trapped in a house and could not escape. His two other accomplices, believed to be foreign militants, managed to flee, an official said.Tantray, who spent eight years in Tihar jail, had intensified his activities since his release on parole in 2015. A close aide of Jaish commander Ghazi Baba, who masterminded the 2001 attack on Parliament, Tantray was arrested from Delhi’s Sadar Bazar on August 31, 2003.He was arrested along with four others and charged with conspiracy to carry out terror attacks in various parts of the national capital. The five militants were arrested following an encounter in which two terrorists were killed. Besides arms and ammunition, police also recovered a sum of Rs 19.20 lakh from Tantray. Then special POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) judge R K Gauba words proved prophetic when Tantray emerged as the most wanted militant in the Kashmir Valley after his release from jail, an official said.He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2011 in the case and shifted to Srinagar’s Central Jail in 2015 before being released on parole. His parole was extended by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court same year.While sentencing him along with others under the stringent anti-terror law in 2011, the judge had said the challenge posed by terrorism had to be met “head-on by a multi-prolonged strategy”. “India’s war against terrorism is to be waged not only by security measures but also by all organs of the state, including the judiciary which must share the responsibility of dealing with such elements with an iron hand,” he said. Terming the five “merchants of death”, the court had said the “foot soldiers of forces inimical to India and bent upon sabotaging the peace and tranquility here, besides posing a serious threat to its unity, sovereignty and integrity, have to be neutralised”.The “merchants of death” had to be locked away for the rest of their lives “…In order that they are suitably de- fanged and blunted so as to be of no further use to the enemy”, the judge had said in his seven page order. Tantray’s terror graph validated the judge’s words, said an official. Tantray is believed to have provided logistical support to JeM militants who stormed the Police Lines in Pulwama in August this year. Eight security personnel and three militants were killed in that attack. He was allegedly involved in the JeM attack on the BSF camp, outside the Srinagar International Airport, on October 3, in which one BSF officer and three militants were killed. Tantray was also found to be involved in the grenade attack on State PWD Minister Naeem Akhtar?s cavalcade in Tral on September 21
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Forty-three Indian fishermen have been arrested and seven of their boats seized by Pakistani authorities for allegedly fishing illegally in the country’s territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, officials said today.The fishermen were arrested yesterday and have been handed over to the Docks police, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Maritime Security Force (PMSF) said.”The Docks police will now present them before a judicial magistrate who will most likely send them in judicial remand to jail,” Commander Wajid Nawaz Chaudhary said.The PMSF has arrested 144 Indian fishermen over the last one month for alleged illegal fishing in Pakistani waters.With the latest apprehensions, the number of such arrests of Indian fishermen this year has gone up to over 400.The PMSF spokesman said the Indian fishermen were arrested as the Pakistan maritime security forces were conducting exercises near Pakistan’s Maritime border in the Arabian Sea.”Speedboats and helicopters were used in the exercise when the Indian fishermen were spotted in our waters,” Chaudhary said.Meanwhile, secretary of the Porbandar-based National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) Manish Lodhari said that fishermen, who were from different parts of Gujarat, had sailed off the coastal town of Porbandar a few days ago.He said they were apprehended by the PMSF near Jakhau coast and then taken to Karachi port.Fishermen from Pakistan and India are frequently detained for illegally fishing in each other’s territorial waters since the Arabian Sea does not have a clearly defined marine border and the wooden boats lack the technology to avoid drifting away.Pakistani fishermen, mostly belonging to the Sindh province, are being apprehended by the Border Security Force (BSF) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for illegally fishing in the creek area along the Indo-Pak border in Kutch district in Gujarat.In November, both the BSF and the ICG had apprehended 23 Pakistani fishermen and seized 11 of their boats from creek area, while the PMSF had apprehended a total of 101 Indian fishermen and seized 15 their boats for allegedly entering into Pakistani waters.On November 10, the PMSF arrested 55 Indian fishermen and seized nine fishing boats while on November 12 four boats were seized and 23 Indian fishermen arrested for allegedly entering into Pakistani waters.Choudhary said on November 16 also the PMSA had arrested a batch of 23 Indian fishermen and seized four Indian boats.In October, the PMSA had arrested two batches of 50 Indian fishermen.On October 29, the Pakistan government had released 68 Indian fishermen from Malir jail as a goodwill gesture.A total of 438 Indian fishermen were released in 12 days time in December 2016-January 2017 by Pakistani authorities from the Landhi and Malir jails in Karachi.
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The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) nabbed another person in the fake gun license and weapons case on Wednesday and arrested a man from Mavli area of Udaipur. The arrested accused is a real estate dealer in Udaipur. Notably, the man has even appeared for civil services examinations also but failing which he entered the real estate sector. Identified as Jeevan Singh, the thirty-nine-year-old man is a native of Boyna village under Mavli tehsil of Udaipur district.“Singh had purchased the license with the help of Jugal and Usman. Interestingly, the fake license claims that the man is a Subedar in the Border Security Force (BSF)” said Vikas Kumar, SP – ATS.Furthermore, the man even purchased a .32 bore pistol from Usman’s shop in 2016. “However, at that time, the man did not have a license but still he purchased the same and after that, he bought the fake license from the gang for four lakh rupees,” the SP said.This is the third instance unearthed by the ATS sleuths wherein the license has been made impersonating as a BSF of army official. “In his interrogation, the man has said that since he is associated with the real estate sector, he felt there was a need since everyone else he knew was getting one arm for themselves. He is well known in the real estate community of Udaipur and runs a good business. Further action in the matter is being taken,” officials said.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists sent a chilling reminder to Mehbooba Mufti-led government on Saturday when they killed an army soldier on leave at Wothmula village in the Shopian district of sensitive south Kashmir.Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of 175 Territorial Army (Engineers), had left home at Senzen village in his car on Friday but did not return. On Saturday morning his bullet riddled body was found in an orchard in nearby Wothmula village in the Shopian district.Superintendent of Police(SP), Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told DNA that preliminary investigation reveal that he was not abducted but shot dead by the militants since he had left home for work in his car.
ALSO READ BSF jawan Rameez Ahmad Parray shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora“His car was found nearby and his key was in his pocket. It does not look like kidnapping. It is militant action and we have registered a case and hunt is on to nab the militants”, Shriram said.Dar, 23, was posted in Gurez sector along the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Bandiproa district. He had come home on leave few days before and was driving his own car when he went missing. “He was a Sepoy posted in some engineering wing of the army at Gurez”, said Shriram.This comes months after September killing of a BSF jawan in Bandipora’s Hajin. The terrorists had stormed the house of Rameez Ahmad Parray and started firing indiscriminately. The 30-year-old BSF personnel, who was also on leave, was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital.Parray’s killing was a stark reminder of the the kidnapping and murder of Lt Umar Faiyaz, a 22-year-old young army officer, who was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifle.
ALSO READ BJP leader found dead with throat slit open in Jammu and Kashmir’s ShopianLt Faiyaz was was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam in May. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.The incident took place when the army officer had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative.He was abducted by five to six terrorists from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian.His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian. A local boy from Kulgam district, Faiyaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu.He was commissioned in the Army in December last year. His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSF has seized 22 kg of drugs, suspected to be heroin, after an ambush with cross-border drug smugglers along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab early on Saturday, official sources said.They said 22 packets, containing 1 kg of drugs each, a Turkey-made pistol, 11 bullets and a 12-feet plastic pipe have been seized by the BSF personnel from along the border fence near the Satpal post in Firozpur sector.The ambush was a result of joint intelligence report of the BSF and the Punjab police.Officials said some movements were noticed along the border fence around 4 am and when the BSF troops challenged the miscreant’s gunfire was exchanged.”Blood stains have been noticed along the fence with the trail of moving back towards the border,” a senior BSF officer said, adding a search is still on.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Calcutta High Court expressed its displeasure over the affidavit submitted by the Bengal government over dengue deaths, the state on Thursday revised the dengue toll in the state to 38 and claimed that the media was sensationalising the issue by creating a situation “out of nothing”.Advocate General (AG) Kishore Dutta submitted before a division bench of Acting Chief Justice J Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee that 23 people had died of the vector-borne disease in the state-run hospitals and another 15 in private facilities since January. He said the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed on the basis of newspaper reports only and that it was not clear whether Elisa test was performed on all those dead.Justice Arijit Banerjee said dengue was a social menace and the state should tackle the problem. The court also observed that it was not satisfied with the data submitted by the state and asked how was the state so sure that private hospitals were not carrying out Elisa test.Lawyer for the petitioner, Partha Ghosh claimed that on Friday they would prove that the figure of death put forward by the state was not true. “They have said the total death was 38. We will prove tomorrow that it was misleading. The actual figure is a lot more. Several deaths have been tagged death owing to ‘unknown fever’. People have the right to know how many lives have dengue claimed in the state. They have provided technical details which people are not interested in. They want to know how many people have actually died and what the state was doing to tackle the situation and to prevent a re-run of the thing next year,” he said.Two BSF jawans have also died of dengue. A senior BSF official said while head constable V Bala Naik died on November 12, another, Abhay Kumar Singh died on Wednesday.In another development, CPM MLA Sujan Chakraborty has been diagnosed of dengue and has been admitted to a private hospital off EM Bypass.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan has much in common with Punjab. They share a border, have similar language and have a population largely made up of farmers. This is because they share water from the rivers of Punjab that flows in through the India Gandhi Canal. But at present they are sharing a smog cover that is hampering visibility and security in the border areas. Sriganganagar has a border with Pakistan and the fields are very close to the fencing on the international border. A smog cover has enveloped the fields reducing the visibility; especially after nightfall. It is an established fact that crossovers from Pakistan are more common during the winter months when a thick envelope of fog descends. BSF Patrolling is intensified along the Barmer and Jaisalmer borders during the winter weeks. Now with a seasonal fog, and the hue and cry that is being raised about it, is only serving to inform the friendly neighbour that there is another ‘good time’ to cross over. What is necessary is that if smog is inevitable, the adequate security measures need to be taken at the earliest. Rajasthan is also among the states that had been served NGT notices over burning of crop. But the fact of the matter is that the practice (of burning crop remains) is less prevalent in Rajasthan; where the average farmer is much less prosperous as compared to Punjab. It is more of a practice in Sriganganagar. What the farmers in other districts, even adjoining Hanumangarh, do is also a lesson on environment management; they bury the remains of their crops and let it turn into organic manure. Farmers have maintained that they have traditionally been burning crop remains, but they too need to understand, that the traditional mode of farming did not have the number and quantum of crops that enhanced irrigation systems have developed. Multifold increase in agriculture is on the basis of new techniques; so goes without saying that the tradition of crop burning will also have to be replaced. The farmers cannot cite tradition and take the easy way out.
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The 53-year-old BSF jawan, Charan Das, committed suicide when he was on duty on the Indo-Bangla border. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself from his service rifle at Bhavanipur, near the Indo-Bangla border in Sipahijala district on Tuesday, police said.Officer in-charge of Jatrapur police station, Paritosh Das said, Assistant Commandant of BSF 86 battalion, Nadim Khan filed an FIR stating that BSF jawan, Charan Das (53) committed suicide when he was on duty on the border.The incident occurred at about 2 am on Tuesday.BSF DIG, Pranesh Kumar visited the spot.Police said they are investigating the case.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Pakistani boy had entered the Indian border near the Chauranwala border post. The boy told the soldiers to have crossed the boundary by mistake while grazing.Alert troops of 119 Bn BSF Jaisalmer under FTR HQ BSF Rajasthan saw a boy of approx age 11 to 12 years ahead of the border security fence in Indian territory. Party apprehended him and during interrogation, he revealed his name as Aashif s/o Hazi.He said that he was grazing Camels with his father and he did not know how he reached up to the fence. After conducting flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers, he was handed over to Pakistan Rangers.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China has managed to block efforts to impose an international ban on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. But an audio tape has revealed that JeM had been involved in a terror attack on BSF Camp in Srinagar on October 3, claims Zee News in an exclusive report. China’s claim of no evidence against Masood Azhar has fallen flat on its face, says the report. In the tapes, Masood Azhar is heard saying that some leaders in the international community offer aid in order to eliminate us. He even takes a swipe at Pervez Musharraf and claims that his efforts to eliminate JeM failed completely. An audio clip accessed by ‘Zee Media’ exposes the JeM chief, in which he is heard admitting to JeM terrorists attacking BSF camp in Srinagar on October 3.In the one-hour-45-minute long audio, Masood Azhar can be heard saying, “When the world says we will end this jihad, our men attack BSF camp in Srinagar.”Azhar accepts giving hate speeches and training terrorists in Pakistan for suicide (fidayeen) missions with emotional blackmail in the name of religion for the last 17 years.While hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, the Pathankot terror attack mastermind says both the leaders hate Islamist terrorists and want to kill us.“When our ministers in the government (Pakistan) go abroad, some leaders across in international community ask them to kill us, in lieu of aid. But by the grace of ‘Allah’ we are alive,” Azhar said.Masood Azhar’s recent speech was reportedly inside a mosque in Pakistan. In an apparent reference to India, Azhar is heard saying that enemy country is frustrated.He further took a dig at former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, who had once vowed to eradicate Jaish from the country.“Today Musharraf is nowhere in Pakistan, but JeM continues to exist. ‘Allah’ has saved us all,” Masood Azhar said.Last week on Thursday, China blocked a bid at the United Nations by the US, France and Britain to list Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, citing a lack of consensus among the members of the UN Security Council.A veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to designate Azhar a terrorist under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.The block comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping is beginning his second five-year term after the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress last month. The Chinese block is seen as one of the irritants in the India-China bilateral relationship.The JeM, founded by Azhar, has already been in the UN’s list of banned terror outfits. “China has rejected the move as there is no consensus,” people aware of the matter in the Chinese foreign ministry told PTI in Beijing.Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar expressed deep disappointment at the Chinese move.“We are deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked international consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and leader of UN-designated terrorist organization, Masood Azhar,” Kumar said. “India strongly believes that double standards and selective approaches will only undermine the international community’s resolve to combat terrorist. We can only hope that there will be a realization that accommodating with terrorism for narrow objectives is both short sighted and counter productive,” Kumar said.In August, China extended by three months its technical hold on the proposal backed by US, France and Britain to name Azhar a global terrorist after blocking the move in February.Thursday’s move indicates China aims to ensure that the application to name Azhar a terrorist lapses—making it the second year in a row that China has blocked the resolution.Last year, China had stalled an India-sponsored attempt to get Azhar listed as a terrorist.(With PTI inputs)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Border Security Force (BSF) damaged at least three Pakistani posts and grievously injured two Pakistan Rangers after a BSF constable was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire on the International Border in Samba sector of Jammu on Thursday.The action on border comes on the day terror revisited Kashmir when militants attacked a CRPF convoy injuring five jawans at south Kashmir district of Anantnag.”In response to misadventure of Pakistan Rangers at 9.30 am in which constable Tapan Mondal attained martyrdom while on patrol ahead of fence, BSF carried out calibrated retributive action against Pak Rangers in Samba Sector and caused serious damage to two to three Pakistan Posts and caused grievous injuries to minimum two Pak Rangers,” said a BSF spokesman.The retaliatory action by the BSF continued till 2 pm to silence Pakistani guns. Hailing from village Satui, in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, constable Tapan Mondal is survived by his mother Sumitra Mondal.In a separate incident militants attacked a CRPF convoy injuring five jawans at Anantnag. Police said a convoy of 96th battalion of CRPF was attacked by the militants at Lazibal village in which five jawans were injured. Two of them suffered bullet wounds while as three suffered bruises because of the shattering of wind shields.”A convoy of CRPF 96 battalion with six buses was on their way back to Mattan when terrorists fired at them. The attack was repulsed though two CRPF men received minor injuries. The area is under cordon,” said a police spokesman.Rakesh Yadav, the CRPF spokesman said, the vehicle was on way to Anantnag from Jammu when it was attacked. “All the soldiers are out of danger,” he said.HIZB CHIEF’S SON SUSPENDED FROM GOVT JOBThe Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday suspended Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yousuf from his agriculture department job, 10 days after he was arrested by the NIA in a terror-funding case, officials said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) patrolling team on Monday morning arrested a Pakistani fisherman with a boat from the Harami Nala in the Sir Creek area of Kutch.According to sources, during patrolling the BSF team spotted a fisherman trying to sneak into India from the Pakistan side. Immediately, the team cornered and arrested him. Fishing net and other equipments were also found from the boat.Source said he would be handed over to local police. Initially, he would be kept at the Joint Interrogation Centre, where several intelligence agencies will interrogate him.RECENT CASESSeptember 7: Three Pakistanis apprehended with boats.September 6: Two Pakistani crew members were arrested and the boat seized.August 18: Abandoned Pakistani boat was seized from Harami Nala.March 25: Indian Coast Guard apprehended 9 Pakistani crew members on a boat from Indian waters.December 2016: Indian Coast Guard apprehended 26 Pakistanis with five boats from Indian Waters.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To remember the sacrifice of the soldiers of Border Security Force (BSF), Half Marathon-2017 was organised on Sunday by BSF Rajasthan Frontier Headquarters in Jodhpur. The 21-km Half Marathon started from BSF’s Ashwini Stadium and ended after sprinters passed through various routes of the city before ending the run at the point of start. Simultaneously, a 5km fun run was also be organised for school children.BSF Rajasthan Frontier Inspector General Anil Paliwal said that BSF is monitoring the 6.5 thousand kilometre long border from Pakistan. So far, more than 1852 soldiers have been martyred. The marathon started at 6 in the morning and covered areas like Paota Circle, Circuit House , Bhati Circle, Ratanada Circle, Panch Batti, New Residency Circle, Senapati Bhawan, Bhati Circle and return to the Ashwini Stadium. Moreover, the 5km fun run started from Gate Number 2 of the stadium and took the route of Kishor Bagh, Krishi Mandi before coming back to the stadium.With intent to strengthen the spirit of unity and patriotism, 10 winners were awarded cash prizes. Jagamal Singh of BSF bagged first prize, Jethusingh second and Sajjan Singh stood third in the men’s category in the Half Marathon. In the women’s category, Anita Chaudhary stood first, Mamta Chaudhary came second and Kusum Kanwar of Jodhpur Reserve Police won the third position.PAT ON THE BACKThe winners were awarded with a trophy and cash prize. Rs31,000, Rs21,000 and Rs15,000 were given to those who stood first, second and third respectively. IG Anil Paliwal also honoured the family members of BSF’s brave martyrs.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Border Security Force official who was killed by suspected cattle smugglers in Tripura, was cremated in Kolkata on Saturday.The BSF in a series of tweets paid homage to Deepak K Mondal, saying, “Untimely demise of a Son, Husband, Father. Nothing can make up the irreparable loss…Prahari Pariwar stands firm with the family of Martyr.”The second-in-command rank officer, Deepak K Mondal, commanding the 145th battalion of the border guarding forcewas air evacuated to Kolkata on October 16 due to critical injuries, a senior official said. He died on Friday.The incident took place at about 2 am near the Belardeppa border post in the Sipahijala district of Tripura earlier this week when the officer was allegedly hit by a four-wheeler used by the smugglers.The BSF officer was patrolling the “unfenced” area along the international border with his team to check cattle smuggling and other illegal activities.Mondal saw some cattle smugglers and challenged them, BSF officials had said, adding the officer along with his guard and driver tried to stop them.The group of about 25 smugglers were carrying bricks, lathis and machetes, they said.”When challenged, the smugglers tried to gherao the officer and the patrol party. The smugglers’ vehicle hit the officer from behind and he sustained severe injury to his head and legs,” the officials said.An accompanying BSF jawan had fired five rounds from his AK rifle to control the situation, they added. With PTI Inputs
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Saluting the bravery of troops, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the presence of brave soldiers at the border lights the lamp of hope.”I have an opportunity to spend Diwali with you. The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians,” Modi said.He was addressing the troops of the army and Border Security Force (BSF) in the Gurez Valley along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district after arriving here on Thursday morning to celebrate Diwali with soldiers whom he termed his family.This is the fourth successive Diwali that the PM has celebrated with the jawans on the borders. Modi said, like everyone else, he too wished to spend Diwali with his family. Therefore, he had come to meet the jawans, whom he considers family.”Glad to have celebrated Diwali with our brave Army and BSF Jawans in the Gurez Valley, Jammu and Kashmir…,” he tweeted.”Our Forces protect our Motherland with utmost valour, displaying highest traditions of sacrifice and dedication,” he added.Donning an army camouflage jacket, the Prime Minister mingled with soldiers and exchanged sweets to celebrate Diwali.The Prime Minister also expressed happiness that the soldiers were practicing yoga regularly. “Spending time with our Forces gives me new energy. We exchanged sweets & interacted. Happy to know the Jawans practice Yoga regularly”, he said.Modi also had a word of advice for the troops, who leave the force after serving for some years, to train themselves as yoga trainers. “Yoga has played a big and important part in my life. I get a lot of energy from it. People also ask me how I run in this age. Those who desire to leave the army after three or five years, they should train themselves in their last tenure as yoga trainer”, he said.On One Rank One Pension (OROP), Modi said this question was hanging for the last 40 years, but they have done it.”I said I have to do it but I did not have money. I therefore separated it in three parts… You will be surprised and you will be happy. I was happy when the officers of the army said do not worry and if you want to divide it in four parts, do it because we do not want to become a burden on the nation. I am happy today that we have done it and the army has supported us”, he said.PM’s note“Protecting the Motherland, far from your loved ones, displaying the highest traditions of sacrifice, all soldiers at the nation’s borders, are symbols of bravery and dedication.” “I have an opportunity to spend Diwali with you. The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police is in the process of procuring state-of-the-art gadgets to beef up the camp security and prevent terror attacks.Intrusion detection system and electric boom barriers are among some of the gadgets that are being inducted to foil terror designs and prevent outfits from carrying out suicide attacks on security force camps and vital installations. Initially Rs eight crore will be spent on the gadgets. If the initial move works, the fund will be increased.Fitted with shock sensors, the intrusion detection system use vibrations or shock waves to trigger an alarm at the command centre. This will not only alert the security forces and Quick Reactions Teams, but also give them ample time to foil the ultras bid to storm the perimeter.Radio frequency identification (RFID)-based vehicle access control system is also planned to be installed to ensure foolproof security camps. Under this system, the vehicles will be fitted with RIFD tags which will automatically identify authorised vehicles, saving time for security scanning.”We will do whatever we can to thwart terror attacks. We have already started security audit of our camps and vital installations to plug holes, if any,” a police officer said.Sources said Hand-held ground penetrating radar (HHGPR) system is also being considered to be put in place to detect explosives and IED at camps.Currently the system in vogue is time consuming and risky sometimes. The HHGPR will reduce time and also helps in detecting the explosives deep inside the ground. Anti-riot gas masks, shields and other modern equipment are also being considered for the cops to fight the street clashes and stone pelting.The need to induct new equipment comes weeks after security forces repulsed a Pathankote-type terror attack when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeens were neutralized soon after they stormed the highly fortified Border Security Force (BSF) camp, neighboring Srinagar International Airport and Air Force Station. An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF was killed and three others were injured in the operation that lasted for 10 hours on October 3.This was the second attack in less than two months in which Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens stormed the security forces camp in the valley. Three of the fidayeens were killed when they attacked the District Police Lines Pulwama on August 26. Eight security force men –four each from CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police –were killed and six others injured in the encounter.Data available with different security agencies reveal that 70 new ultras have been able to infiltrate into Kashmir since January this year. Last year estimated net infiltration (number of militants who managed to sneak in) was 112 compared to 33 in 2015. Similarly estimated net infiltration was 65 in 2014 compared to 97 in 2013.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh said the NDA government has given a free hand to the Army to act against terrorists and give a befitting reply to any firing from across the border in Kashmir.”I would like to say that nobody needs to be worried about Kashmir. No power in the world can stop us from resolving the issue,” he said.Addressing a gathering here in Surat district as part of the BJP’s ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’, Singh attacked Pakistan saying it sends terrorists into India and wants to break the country.”Pakistan is our neighbouring state. Its name is ‘Pak’-istan, but it regularly indulges in ‘napaak’ (impious) activities, tries to break India and sends terrorists into India,” he said.”Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried his best (for peaceful resolution of bilateral issues) considering that Pakistan is our neighbouring state. He even went to Pakistan breaking all protocol, but Pakistan is not refraining from its activities. This can’t continue for long,” he said.The home minister said he has asked the Army to reply with bullets to Pakistani firings on the Kashmir border instead of showing the “white flag” (of peace).”We have given a free hand to the Army. I have said you are free to act against terrorists,” Singh said, adding this has resulted in a “record” number of militants being killed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016-17.”We do not need to tell you the numbers. Someines it is one (militant) in a day or two or four or six. The jawans of our Army keep greeting them with ‘Jai Sri Ram.’ It has never happened before that militants have been killed in such a large number,” the Minister said.Singh recalled how a few months after the Modi government came to power in May 2014, he had given standing orders to the BSF DG to stop the practice of showing “white flags” to Pakistan in response to their firings at the Indo-Pak border.Singh said he came to know about the practice after he talked to the BSF chief following news that five Indian citizens had been killed in firing by Pakistani personnel.He (The BSF DG) “told me it is an old practice to show white flag in response to Pakistani firing… this is to tell them that we want peace. I asked the DG as to what was Pakistan response to our flags being shown 16 times.”He said Pakistan did not show any white flag. On telephone I told him not to show white flag for the 17th time.And it is my standing order that while first bullet shall not be fired by India, if we receive even a single bullet, we will retaliate,” he said.Singh said had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country’s first deputy prime minister who launched a satyagrah (in support of farmers) during the British rule from Bardoli in 1928, been allowed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to act freely, India would not have been facing the Kashmir issue.”Sardar Patel got Junagad and Hyderabad to become part of the country. Had Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru not stopped him from also deciding the fate of Kashmir, then, I think, the Kashmir issue would not have been before us today,” he said.The BJP has launched the `gaurav yatra’ to galvanise support ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat. A number of BJP leaders and Union ministers have taken part in the campaign and addressed rallies.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ADG BSF Arun Kumar, who had headed a CBI team into the Aarushi Talwar murder case, today called for a review of criminal justice system following the acquittal of the Talwar couple by the Allahabad High Court.The CBI team under Kumar had concluded that Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj were murdered by Krishna Thadarai- help at Talwar’s clinic, his friend Rajkumar– a domestic servant with Praful and Anita Durrani who were Talwars’ friends, and Vijay Mandal, driver of Talwars’ neighbour.The findings, however, were trashed by then CBI director Ashwani Kumar who found holes in the investigation by Arun Kumar.”It is a well-discussed case. Subject to the confirmation of the court (about Talwar couple being innocent), think of the family and what has happened to them. Let us review our criminal justice system,” Arun Kumar told PTI.He said nobody should face what the Talwars had faced.”#AarushiVerdict My only concern is how do we ensure that this is not repeated with any other case! It was worth pursuing the truth,” the Additional Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) wrote on Twitter after the verdict.The Allahabad High Court today acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the 2008 murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, saying that neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.The verdict ends, at least for now, the nine-year ordeal of the Noida couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 28, 2013 for the double murder that not only transfixed but also shook the nation with its element of filicide.Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45-year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house a day later.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khalid, one of the oldest surviving foreign terrorists operating in Kashmir, was gunned down by the security forces in Baramulla on Monday.What’s intriguing is the way the security agencies got a very specific intel about Khalid’s movement that led to a brief encounter in Ladoora in north Kashmir.As it turned out, it was one of Khalid’s ex-girlfriend who told the forces about the top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander.According to an India Today report, the woman walked into a senior cop’s office and said that she wanted Khalid dead.She said that she would provide all information but her ex must be eliminated.It was she who told the security forces that Khalid was supposed to meet her in Ladoora.The woman had relationship with Khalid for sometime. But when she got pregnant with his child, he flatly refused to acknowledge her or their unborn child.Angry and heartbroken, the woman left the Valley and went to Jallandhar to abort her child.She later returned to Kashmir to seek revenge form Khalid. There are reports that she was one of the 17 girlfriends Khalid had.Trained in Pakistan, Khalid was also the mastermind of the attack on the BSF camp near Srinagar last week.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With seven Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens still on loose, security forces have decided to revisit the security of the camps and conduct fresh security audit of all bases to thwart the nefarious designs of the terrorists.The decision was taken in a security core group meeting held here on Friday. Top officers of the police, Army, paramilitary and intelligence agencies participated in the meeting, which was chaired by Jammu and Kashmir director general of police SP Vaid and general officer commanding 15 corps Lieutenant General JS Sandhu.“Security of all the camps is being revisited. It has been decided to carry out fresh audit of the camps, vital installations and other security establishments in the Kashmir,” said an officer requesting anonymity.The decision to conduct fresh audit comes four days after security forces repulsed a Pathankot-type terror attack when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeens were neutralised soon after they stormed the highly fortified Border Security Force (BSF) camp, neighbouring Srinagar International Airport and Air Force Station. An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF was killed and three others injured in the operation that lasted for 10 hours on Monday.This was the second attack in less than two months in which Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens stormed the security forces camp in the valley. Three of the fidayeens were killed when they attacked the District Police Lines Pulwama on August 26. Eight security force men –four each from CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police –were killed and six others injured in the encounter.A 17-member group of Jaish fidayeens were pushed in from Pir Panjal into J&K to replenish the terrorist ranks in July following the drubbing of the cadres in the valley. More than seven fidayeens are still on loose and security forces have intensified their operations to neutralize them before they could plan anything serious.MORALE DOWN155 terrorists including top commanders of the Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT have been eliminated by the security forces so far this year.
This has hit the morale of the terrorists who have gone in to hiding to avoid being killed by the forces.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) has identified 140 vulnerable locations along the India-Bangladesh border where organised human trafficking gangs are helping Rohingyas to cross the border and enter into India.BSF Director General KK Sharma said the paramilitary has deployed more security personnel and surveillance equipment to check syndicates that help the Rohingya to sneak in.The issue was thoroughly discussed to check spillover effects of the fleeing Rohingya along the frontier during the five-day Director General level talks between the BSF and Border Guards Bangaldesh (BGB) that concluded on Friday. Sharma and BGB chief Maj Gen Abul Hossain addressed the media after the meet.”We are both aware that the issue is very serious, as large number of Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh. You are right in apprehending that the spillover effect of them crossing over to India is also genuine. Both of us (BSF-BGB) have taken steps,” Sharma said.The BSF DG further said, “The BGB has ensured that their (Rohingya) movement is being regulated and they have mounted some ‘nakas’ and checkposts on various routes to ensure that they do not cross over to our side.”Apart from deploying additional personnel and equipment, the BSF is in touch with the BGB on a daily basis to share real time Intelligence, he added.”We are also in touch with our sister agencies, the intelligence agencies, to identify and take action against the touts. Because, these people (Rohingyas) cannot come on their own. There are organised criminals on both the sides who assist in their crossing over to India. So, we are mounting the campaign against the touts,” he said.The Border Guards Bangaldesh DG said, “This is a problem in Myanmar and this is not our problem. Five lakh people have already come to Bangladesh. But, this is a problem for our country also as they(Rohingyas) cannot spread all over the country. Our government has taken a decision and the Rohingyas have been put in the Cox’s Bazar district.”The Border Guards Bangaldesh has identified the exit and entry points of the fleeing Rohingyas and the same are being guarded thoroughly, he added.The next DG level talks will be held in in Dhaka in February/March 2018″Issues raised by BGB during the talks included injuries to Bangladesh nationals by BSF/Indian nationals, arrest/apprehension of Bangladeshi nationals by BSF, smuggling of fire arms/ammunition/explosive etc. from India to Bangladesh,” the BSF stated.The BGB also raised the issue of smuggling of various types of drugs and phensedyl from India to Bangladesh.Smuggling of firearms, ammunition, explosive, drugs, development works within 150 yards of the International Border, assistance for river bank protection works along the border, confidence-building measure, exchange of visit by BGB-BSF medical team, prevention against attacks on BSF personnel by Bangladeshi criminals, and prevention of trans-border crimes was discussed at the meet.The BSF raised the issues of prevention against attacks on BSF personnel by the Bangladeshi criminals, prevention of trans-border crimes and action against Indian insurgent groups operating from that country.CooperationThe BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh discussed methods to check the Rohingya spillover along the frontier during a five-day Director General level talk.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) claimed that one of the holed-up fidayeens in a Border Security Force (BSF) camp tried to pose as a CRPF trooper and took position with soldiers, BSF maintained the militant was forced to came out of the administrative block before he was neutralised near the temple.Security forces had repulsed a terror attack on Monday when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were neutralised soon after they stormed a secured BSF camp near Srinagar International Airport and Air Force Station. An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF was killed and three others injured in the operation that lasted for 10 hours.Ravideep Singh Sahi, CRPF Inspector General, Srinagar sector told a news channel, “The terrosist was wearing a camouflage dress of the CRPF. He was aiming towards the building where our forces were also aiming. When an officer turned to a soldier to hand over more ammo, they spotted the stranger.”On the other hand, Police sources said the third militant holed up in the administrative building was smoked out after forces used tear gas shells. “The forces used rockets to create a hole in the room where the militant was hiding. They fired tear gas shells inside the room and suffocated the militant forcing him to come out,” an officer said.KK Sharma, Director General of Border Security Force, said BSF officers with the help of CRPF and Speacial Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police forced the third terrorist, who was hiding in the administrative block, to come out before he was neutralised.”Rashtriya Riffles (of the army) handled the outermost cordon. CRPF and SOG laid the intermediate cordon. Our job was to flush out the fidayeen. Our officers led the operation. With the help of CRPF and SOG, we forced him to come out of the administrative block, and when he came out, CRPF, SOG and BSF handling the intermediate cordon killed him near the temple,” said Sharma.Elaborating, Sharma said the militant threw the grenade when he came out of the building and that is how he was identified as he was wearing a military uniform as well.ATTACKING IN CAMOUFLAGEThree terrorists wearing CRPF camouflage attacked a BSF camp near Srinagar on Tuesday.
While a joint team of BSF and CRPF killed two, third hid himself.
After a 10-hour-long operation, all three terrorists were neutralised.
While the operation was a joint effort, the forces have varying accounts of the incident.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One militant was killed and three jawans were injured in a gunbattle after the militants attacked a three Border Security Force (BSF) camp near the high-security Srinagar International airport on Tuesday morning.”Three personnel have been injured. Firing is ongoing,” BSF officials said.The ultras targeted the administrative block of BSF’s 182nd Battalion, located just outside the main gate of the airport.The attack took place at 4.00 am and exchange of firing was going on between the militants and security forces.The terrorists are holed up inside the building campus of the 182nd Battalion camp, according to BSF officials.No employee, passenger or vehicle is being allowed to go towards the Airport.Besides the only civilian airport, the technical airport used by Armed Forces and VIPs is also in the vicinity. The area also houses training centres of the BSF and CRPF.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A commandant of the BSF has been booked by the CBI for allegedly aiding the force personnel get private arms licences from sensitive Rajouri and Shopian districts in Jammu and Kashmir by using fake documents.The agency has registered an FIR against the then commandant of the 131 battalion Sukhwinder Singh, owner of Nav Durga Gun House in Jammu, P K Sharma, and a retired district magistrate of Rajouri, Faquir Chand Bhagat, for conspiracy, cheating, violation of the Arms Act and corruption.The FIR has been registered after a three-year-long preliminary enquiry initiated on the 2014 complaint of the then Additional Director General (operations) K K Sharma, now the chief of the BSF.It is alleged that Singh abused his official position and arranged the meeting of Sharma, an ex-BSF constable, with jawans of the BSF and persuaded them to get private licences in lieu of Rs.12,000 each from nine jawans in 2013.None of these license applicants posted at the Frontier Head Quarter, Gandhinagar, in Gujarat belonged to Rajouri and Shopian from where the licences were issued, the FIR alleged.These licences were allegedly issued on the basis of false and forged documents knowingly using them as genuine, the FIR alleged.”In furtherance of the conspiracy, Faquir Chand Bhagat, the then District Magistrate, Rajouri by misusing his official position issued all the questioned arms licences in violation of existing rules and procedure and without due verification prior to issuance of arms license on the basis of false and forged documents,” it alleged.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After days of intense shelling, the Border Security Force (BSF) and Rangers agreed to uphold the ceasefire at the International Border (IB).The decision was taken at a Sector Commander Level Flag Meeting between BSF and Pakistan Rangers on the International Border in Suchetgarh areaon Friday.The request for meeting was reportedly put forth by the Pakistan Rangers.The 17-member BSF delegation was led by Deputy Inspector General, Jammu Sector, PS Dhiman, while Brigadier Amjad Hussain, Sector Commander Chenab Rangers, led the 14-member Pakistan delegation. The meeting comes at a time when hundreds of families living along the International border (IB) have abandoned their homes and shifted to safer places after the Rangers intensified their shelling on Indian forward posts and civilians areas in the Jammu division.A BSF spokesman said Pakistan Rangers assured they will take the required measures to maintain peace at the border. “It was decided to re-energise instant communication between field commanders, whenever required, to resolve the petty matters”, he said. This is the first Sector Commander level meeting on request of Pakistan Rangers between two border guarding forces since heavy shelling and firing experienced on the International Border in September 2017.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This real life lost-and-found story has all the ingredients of Bollywood potboiler!A 52-year-old man from Nagpur in Maharashtra, who had mysteriously disappeared since 20 years, was traced by the Border Security Force near International Border in Arnia sector of restive Jammu and Kashmir.Hari Chand Yadav Rao Mahare, of Ramtek area of Nagpur, Maharashtra was apprehended by the Border Security Force (BSF) near a ditch-cum-bund along the International Border in Allah village of Arnia sector in Jammu last Saturday.He was later handed over to police for further questioning. During his questioning Mahare revealed that he was from Maharashtra and that alerted the police.“His family members were contacted and informed about him. On September 26, his son Ranjeet Hari Chand Mahare and brother Shiv Charan Mahare reached Jammu and met him. Today he reached to his native village and reunited with his family members on the auspicious occasion of Mahanavami and Dussehra”, said.a police spokesman.Sub divisional police officer (SDPO) of RS Pora Surinder Chaudhary told DNA that he used to go from one state to another and eking out his living as a daily wage laborerChaudhary said he was speaking Marathi and they had to seek help from BSF soldiers from Maharashtra to unknot the mystery. “We contacted the SHO of his area but he said he does not have him in the list of wanted. We told him to check the records. When they contacted his father, he told them that he was missing since 20 years”, he said.Later the police brought the family to Jammu and handed over the missing man to them. “He was mentally disturbed when he left his home. He was working as labourer. When his family came here, they were so happy that they said they will not forget this favour”, he said.During his questioning, he also told the cops that he was staying in Jammu for the last eight to 10 years. “Sometimes he was roaming in Katra. Sometimes he was living in Udhampur. Mainly he used to wander one place to another and stay where he could get the work”, said Chaudhary.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slained BSF jawan Mohammad Ramzan Ahmed Parray, who was gunned down by terrorists at his Bandipora home, was buried on Thursday afternoon as the BSF and the police paid tributes.Parray was buried at his ancestral graveyard in Bandipora’s Hajin.The body of the jawan, who worked with the 73rd Battalion of the BSF in Baramulla, was shifted to local police station where BSF and senior police officers paid tributes. Terrorists on Wednesday night stormed the house of Parray, who was on leave, and fired indiscriminately, killing him and injuring three members of his family at Hajin area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.The heavily armed terrorists barged into Parray’s house and tried to abduct him. When his family members resisted and tried to stop the terrorists, they fired shots upon them. All the injured were shifted to hospital where Parrey was declared dead on arrival.Parray’s killing is eerily similar to the kidnapping and murder of Lt Umar Faiyaz, a 22-year-old young army officer, who was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifle. Lt Faiyaz was was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam in May. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.The incident took place when the army officer had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative. He was abducted by five to six terrorists from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian.His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian. A local boy from Kulgam district, Faiyaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu.He was commissioned in the Army in December last year. His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan has long been resorting to unprovoked firing, causing loss of life and property of civilians. The situation got worse over the last month as snippers were pressed into action by Pakistan to kill Indian jawans. Shelling on border villages on Indian side also continued unabated. But now, the Border Security Force has devised a method to hit Pakistan where it hurts the most, making our neighbour to seek a ceasefire. According to a report in The Times of India, use of targeted firepower on farms and residences of Pakistan’s serving and former officers housed near the border has given favourable results to the Border Security Force. According to the Times of India report based on top sources, code named ‘Operation Arjun’, the border force’s counter-offensive on Pakistan’s pain points saw the latter seek a ceasefire three days ago. BSF has particularly targeted farms and residences of retired Pakistan army, ISI and Pakistan Rangers officers who have been given land near the Indian border to facilitate their task of guiding infiltration and providing logistical help in anti-operations India.The BSF counter-offensive–using small, medium and area weapons–resulted in heavy damage on the Pakistan side and the death of seven Pakistan Rangers and 11 civilians. According to the report, several border outposts of Pakistan army were destroyed. Earlier, Army chief general Bipin Rawat said on Monday that surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) could be repeated, if necessary, seeking to send a stern message to Pakistan.He said cross-border infiltration will continue because camps across the Line of Control, from where terrorists are launched, are still operational, and warned that the Indian Army is ready to “receive” them and keep dispatching them to their graves.“The strike was a message we wanted to communicate to them and they have understood what we mean…that things could follow up, if required,” Rawat said.Army chief’s statement and BSF’s ‘operation Arjun’ once again highlight the recent change in tactics of our forces when it comes to replying to ceasefire violation by Pakistan. Our forces are repeatedly making Pakistan realise that unprovoked attacks on Indian territory will not only meet with the fierce opposition but also invite more surgical strikes if required.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Considering the recent unrest in Basirhat and Baduria areas of North 24 Parganas, and Calcutta High Court putting a stay on the state government’s decision to prohibit immersion on Muharram, which falls on October 1, the West Bengal government, along with the Border Security Force (BSF), have taken elaborate security measures during the immersion of idols at the ghats of Kalindi and Ichamati rivers on Indo-Bangla border.The Bangladesh administration and the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) have also been roped in and there had been at least two high-level meetings between the officials of West Bengal and Bangladesh.Nabanna sources said it had been decided that India and Bangladesh would immerse idols on two different dates at Kalindi River at Hingalgunj – Bangladesh on September 30 and West Bengal on October 2. “This decision was taken on Saturday through a meeting of representatives of both West Bengal and Bangladesh,” said a Nabanna official.He also said that at Ichamati River, both Bangladesh and West Bengal would complete immersion of idols on October 30, the day of Dashami. “This was decided at a meeting on September 22, at a meeting at the BSF’s Hasnabad camp. Those who attended the meeting included North 24 Parganas Additional District Magistrate, senior police officials of the district, chairman of Taki Municipality and BSF officials. Bangladesh representatives included BGB officials and chairman of Satkhira Municipality,” the official said.It had also been decided to step up on vigilance on Ichamati River during immersion so that there is no illegal crossing over across the water border.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had, in a meeting on September 22, given an instruction that police need to be extra careful during immersion as she had intelligence inputs that there were possibilities of mischief during the festive season.Following a controversial Facebook post by a 17-year-old on June 30, a communal unrest was sparked off on July 1 in the district and violence spread in this district and paramilitary forces were deployed to bring situation under control.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops targeted Indian border outposts and hamlets in Jammu, Samba and Poonch districts in overnight firing and shelling, injuring two BSF jawans and five civilians, officials said on Saturday.Continuous violations of the ceasefire by Pakistan along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) have forced hundreds of border residents to flee their homes.Pakistan troops engaged in heavy firing and mortar shelling on villages and border outposts in Arnia, R S Pura and Ramgarh sectors along the IB in Jammu and Samba districts since last evening, the officials said.They targeted over 20 villages.Three civilians in Satowali village of R S Pura sector were injured in Pakistani shelling and had to be hospitalised, they said, adding that another villager was injured in Treva in Arnia sector.In Ramgarh sector in Samba, two BSF jawans suffered minor injuries in Pakistani firing, the officials said.Pakistan also engaged in heavy firing and shelling in Poonch sector along the LoC last evening. An eight-year-old boy was injured in the firing, they said.Over 500 people were evacuated by the police from a few border hamlets targeted by Pakistani troops last night, they said.The villagers have been housed in a camp.Over 20,000 people have also fled their homes and hearths in Arnia and R S Pura sectors in the past few days, the officials said.There have been continuous firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the LoC between September 13 and September 18.Firing and shelling resumed on September 21 after a two- day lull.A BSF jawan and a civilian were killed and 25 others including five BSF personnel were injured in the shelling and firing by Pakistani troops during the period.Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year. Till August 1, there have been 285 such actions by the Pakistan army, while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures by the Indian Army.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Border Security Force (BSF) jawans are patrolling enclaves of Cooch Behar district in West Bengal looking for possible infiltrating Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh.George Manjuram, DIG (general), North Bengal Frontier, BSF told DNA that some bordering areas have been alerted. “We are expecting some infiltration in some areas where there is a possibility of getting shelter. We are marshalling our troops wherever possible but it is huge international border with long stretches of open border,” he said.He added that there were also joint patrolling of the BSF along with the district police and the RPF. “We have to prevent infiltration. They can come through any border. A joint action against any such attempts is required. In the last four years, my men have held 46 Rohingya Muslims who tried to infiltrate. They have been captured and jailed,” Manjuram told DNA.
ALSO READ Rohingyas not refugees; they are illegal immigrants, haven’t applied for asylum: Home Minister Rajnath SinghAnother BSF official said that it was an exercise to alert people and not to alarm them. “For these enclave dwellers, crossing over the international border is no big deal but they need to know that giving shelter to any Rohingya Muslim can bring serious consequences. That is why we are talking to them. You can say it is an awareness building programme to sensitise enclave residents about the problem at hand,” he said.BSF jawans who have been patrolling at the enclaves had been visiting households enquiring about infiltrating Rohingyas. “They visited every households and stayed for a while at ours. They said they had been alerting everyone against infiltrators and enquiring if there had been any Rohingya Muslim who had crossed the border illegally and come to the enclaves,” talking to DNA said Jainal Abedin, a resident of Madhya Masaldanga, one of the enclaves in Cooch Behar district.
ALSO READ Rohingya has become emotive, highly charged term; they are Muslims from Rakhine state: Aung San Suu KyiAnother 40-plus resident of the same enclave said that they had been given stern warning against suppressing facts about Rohingyas. “They probably think we are all terrorists. BSF officials had given us a stern warning saying that we should not give shelter to any Rohingya Muslim who comes over, crossing the border. They have also said that if there is any problem or if we spot any Rohingya Muslim we should contact the BSF authorities,” he told DNA.District Magistrate Kaushick Saha, however, said he had no idea of any such patrolling going on. “I don’t think any precautionary step is necessary as there has been no case of infiltration,” he said. These enclave-dwellers reside near the Indo-Bangla bordering areas where they had been living as Bangladeshi citizens and had been given Indian citizenship two years ago following a Land Bill Agreement (LBA) between the two countries.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Pakistani intruders were killed on Wednesday as the Border Security Force (BSF) foiled an infiltration bid across International Boundary in Ajnala sector near Amritsar, in Punjab.When challenged by the BSF troops, infiltrators fired on ambush line with automatic weapons. Taking cover, the fire was appropriately retaliated and infiltrators were neutralised near Border Security Fence.The security forces also recovered four kg heroin, AK 47 rifle. The slain intruders were also carrying Pakistani mobile with SIM.Following recoveries have been made from the slain intruders► Heroin- 04 pkts (01 kg each)► AK-47 Rifle- 01► AK Mag- 01► 7.62 mm rounds: 23 nos.► 9mm Pistol- 01► Pistol mag- 01► 9mm rounds- 04 nos.► Pak mob with SIM: 01► Pakistani currency- Approx 20,000/-
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five pople, including two BSF jawans, were injured in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in violation of ceasefire along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting forces here to retaliate.The Pakistan Rangers today resorted to small arms firing on Brahman Bella and Raipur Border out Posts (BoPs) along the IB in Pargwal sector of Akhnoor belt in Jammu district from 1515 hours today, a police officer said.They fired mortar shells along the IB, forcing the BSF to retaliate, resulting in exchange of fire, he said, adding that so far, there is no loss of life or injury to any one.In another incident of cease fire violation, Pakistan Army resorted to firing and shelling on Indian posts along the LoC in Mankote, Sabjian and Digwar forward areas in Poonch since 1500 hours, another police officer said.Three civilians and two BSF Jawans suffered injuries, he said, adding that heavy exchange of fire were taking place.This is fourth ceasefire violation in past five days.Earlier, on September 1, an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of the Border Security Force, Kamaljit Singh, sustained bullet injuries due to enemy fire from across the LoC while he was deployed at a forward post in Krishna Ghati Sector in Poonch.He later succumbed to his injuries.Incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan have increased this year.Till August 1, there were 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army, while in 2016, it 228 for the entire year, according to the Army figures.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan on Saturday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, by resorting to firing on forward posts.The firing from across the border in Debraj, Krishna Ghati and Ishapur in Mendhar sector started around 10.30 am, prompting retaliation by Indian troops guarding the border, a police official said.He said the exchange of fire was continuing between the two sides when the last reports were received.However, there was no immediate report of any casualty.Two Army porters were injured in Pakistani firing, which lasted for ten minutes, on September 7.Earlier, on September 1, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Kamaljit Singh of the Border Security Force (BSF) sustained bullet injuries due to enemy fire from across the LoC at a forward post in Krishna Ghati Sector, an officer said.He was provided first aid and evacuated from the post but unfortunately succumbed to the injuries, he said.On September 4, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice by firing at forward posts along the LoC in Degwar and Maldalyan areas in Poonch and along the International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu.On September 3, Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch along the LoC.Before that, on August 30, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling in the Nowshera sector, targeting forward posts and civilian areas.On August 27, five civilians, including a woman and two minor boys, were injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in the Shahpur belt of Poonch district.A day before, on August 26, BSF troops had retaliated against violations and killed three Pak rangers. On August 25, a BSF Jawan was injured in sniper fire by Pak rangers along the international border in Jammu.On August 23, senior Army commanders of India and Pakistan held a flag meeting on the LoC in Poonch sector and agreed to institute mechanisms for durable peace and tranquillity.The two sides agreed to keep channels of communication open between local commanders at the LoC, a spokesman had said.The year 2017 has seen a sharp increase in cease fire violations by Pakistani forces.Till August 1, there were 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army, while in 2016 the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to the Army figures.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said he is going there with an “open mind” and is ready to meet anyone who wishes to interact with him as the government wants resolution of all the problems.During his four-day visit beginning tomorrow, Singh will travel to Srinagar, Anantnag, Jammu and Rajouri and meet civil society members, leaders of political and social outfits, business leaders and others, a move seen as a follow-up to the prime minister’s Independence Day speech in which he had reached out to the people of the Valley. “I am going with an open mind and I am willing to meet all those who come to meet me. We want a resolution to the problems,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here today.A home ministry statement said during his visit, the home minister will meet Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. He will also review the works related to the Prime Minister’s development package of Rs 80,000 crore announced in 2015 and security situation in the state, it said. Singh will interact with the personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the CRPF and the BSF, who have been in the forefront of the anti-militancy operations in the state, in Anantnag.On Sunday, Singh is expected to attend a comprehensive security review meeting with the chief minister and the top brass of the Army, CRPF and J&K police. Singh is also likely to interact with college students in Srinagar to get their views on the Kashmir situation. The home minister will address a press conference in Srinagar on Monday before leaving for Jammu. He will also visit a camp of the BSF in Rajouri. In Jammu, the home minister will meet stakeholders including traders, migrants, Kashmiri pandits and representatives of communities including Gujjars and Bakarwals.In his August 15 speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reached out to strife-hit Kashmiris, asserting that the Kashmir issue cannot be resolved either by bullets or by abuses, and that a solution can only be found by embracing all Kashmiris. The home minister himself had said on August 19 that a solution to the Kashmir problem, besides terrorism, Naxalism, and the northeast insurgency will be found before 2022. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who heads the Congress policy planning group on Kashmir, will also lead a team of party leaders to Jammu and Kashmir next week for discussions on the current situation in the state with party workers and “like-minded” groups.A group of citizens, led by former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, had visited Jammu and Kashmir on August 17-19 and prepared a report which said the sense of “dismay and despondency” had grown among the people and the situation was “much worse” than their previous visits. In September 2016, the home minister had visited the state leading an all-party delegation when he met about 200 members of 30 delegations from various sections of society and listened to their point of view to arrive at a common solution to the Kashmir issue. However, the Kashmiri separatists had rebuffed attempts by five opposition MPs to talk to them.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dera Sacha Sauda mayhem, which left 36 people dead and over 250 injured, happened due to “political hesitation” and “politician procrastination”, said retired Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Parkash Singh. “It was Haryana government’s abject surrender to lumpen elements,” said Singh, who had earlier been assigned with the job of preparing fact-finding report on last year’s Jat agitation.Also senior bureaucrats in the Union Home ministry blamed the Haryana government saying it was complete failure on part of state government and the state administration willfully surrendered before the miscreants. Seeing the situation, they stated that there was no communication between the force on the ground and senior officers. “It looks like no instruction was issued from senior police officers to deal with the mob,” said a senior bureaucrat adding that everyone in the state administration is accountable for deaths.Speaking to DNA, Singh slammed the Haryana government and Centre for its inept handling of the mayhem. “It is not just a responsibility of the Director General of Police of Haryana. He does not act in vacuum. He operates within the limitation and directions of state government,” he said.He stated that police had failed to act under political pressure. “Everyone is responsible… the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and of course the Director General of Police.”After facing flak for the Jat violence, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had set up the fact-finding committee under Singh to probe the lapses.Singh said that during Jat agitation, it was complete “collapse” of state machinery and administration but during Dera Sacha Sauda mayhem it was “failure” on part of state machinery and administration. He further pointed out that the state was aware about that mayhem would happen but they failed to act.He also stated that now the police defend themselves saying the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were issued. But these prohibitory orders had serious lacunae. The order only prohibited people from carrying weapons, there was no prohibition on the entry of five or more people. “They come up with defence that it was clerical error. It is just unacceptable,” he said.He said that he saw forces running away from a bunch of protestors. “I don’t know which force they belonged to, but I feel ashamed that these things continue to happen in the state even after a year. The other thing that needs to be investigated, apart from the ‘clerical error’, is the police’s running away from the scene. Dera Sacha Sauda followers weren’t armed with sophisticated weapons. I’m ashamed that the police have not changed at all in this one year”Prakash Singh is a retired IPS officer, who served as the chief of UP Police, BSF and Assam Police. More recently, he conducted an inquiry into the 2016 Jat agitation, based on which some officers were held guilty and punished for abetting riots.Singh said Khattar had asked him to stop working on his second report after the Jat violence that was to focus on police reforms and operational autonomy for the force. In his first report about the Jat violence, Singh had slammed the police brass and alleged an administrative paralysis. “The highest functionaries in the government failed to show the kind of guidance, direction and control” expected in a crisis, he had written.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In yet another goodwill gesture, the Government of India on Tuesday released seven Pakistani nationals and handed them over to Islamabad at the Wagah border near Amritsar. The Pakistani nationals were handed over to Pakistani Rangers by the India?s Border Security Force (BSF) troops. Earlier in March, India had released 39 Pakistani prisoners. On July 1, in a step aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between India and Pakistan, the Ministry of External Affairs had exchanged the lists of nationals of their respective countries who are currently lodged in the jails of the other country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) today seized a Pakistani fishing boat abandoned about 400 metres on the Indian side at Harami Nala area of Kutch district near the Indo-Pak border, officials said. Four fishermen on that boat ran towards Pakistan side after spotting BSF patrol boats this morning in the creek area, said the officials. The boat is around 25 feet long and fitted with a Chinese made engine, the officials added. During the initial search of the boat, BSF found one fishing net and four ice boxes. Detailed search of the boat is underway, they said. In the recant past, several fishing boats as well as Pakistani fishermen have been caught while fishing in the Indian side of the the creek area. Given the sensitive nature of the area, even Indian fishermen are barred from catching fish in the creek. However, Pakistani fishermen often venture into Indian waters to catch fish, especially prawns, and then sail off to their side.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman maoist carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on her head surrendered before Malkangiri police here today. The woman ultra, identified as Somey Sodhi(33), is suspected to have been involved in several incidents of murder, including killing of 2 BSF personnel at Kaliajodi forest in 2016, blasting of vehicle carrying special operations group personnel at Mantriamb in 2010, exchange of fire with security forces and destroying mobile phone towers, Malkangiri superintendent of police Jagmohan Meena said. “She was working as assistant commandant of outlawed CPI(Maoist)’s Boipariguda Area Committee in Malkangiri-Vishakha-Koraput border division from 2005 to 2017,” he said. The ultra will get monetary assistance as per the surrender and rehabilitation scheme of Odisha Government. She will also get financial assistance for building her house, pursuing studies and training in a trade of her choice. Meena also called upon Odia maoists to surrender and avail the benefits of the rehabilitation scheme of the state government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Celebrating the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan, Pakistani Rangers today gifted a box of sweets to the Border Security Force (BSF) on the Indian side of Attari/Wagah border here.Security personnel of both the sides hugged and shook hands with each other, besides sharing pleasantries for a few minutes, officials said.Pakistani Wing Commander Bilal shook hands with BSF Commandant Sudeep during the sweet giving ceremony to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day celebration at the Joint Check Post of Attari/Wagah border, they said.The BSF personnel would offer traditional Indian sweets to their Pakistani counterparts on the 71st Independence Day of India tomorrow, they added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) is set to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to train unemployed men, women, and youths near international border areas. The force, with the help of NSDC, will also train its retired officials and those who are on the verge of retirement.They will be trained in various skills related to solar installation, rand air-conditioning, welding, electrician, automotive, appliances, bar-bending, security, plumbing, front office tourism and hospitality, beauty wellness, healthcare, and retail.”The idea is to support weaker and disadvantaged sections of society through focused outreach programmes and targeted skill development activities. The force also want to propagate aspirational value of skilling among youth by creating social awareness on value of skill training,” said a senior BSF officer.BSF, which guards the total of 6,623-km long border with Pakistan, has also stated that the programme will help the population living at the border to get employment. “By engaging the population living near the international border, it’ll help in reducing various kinds of illegal activities there,” said the officer.NSDC has already set up 38 Sector Skill Councils (SSC) of services, manufacturing, agriculture and allied services, and informal sectors. Sectors include 19 of 20 high priority sectors identified by the Government and 25 of the sectors under Make in India initiative.After signing the MoU with BSF, the NSDC will also set up centre in the remote areas where they would be imparting training under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) and Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY) to young people seeking global mobility or migrating overseas for jobs.The retired jawans and the jawans who are on verge of retirement will also bee trained at these centers. The NSDC, whose objective is to upgrade skills to international standards through significant industry involvement, will help these people to become self independent.This is part of NSDC plans to meet their target of providing vocational skills to 150 million Indians by 2022. So far, NSDC has trained just 11.51 million candidates through training partners.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army lost 29 personnel along the Line of Control (LoC) and killed 142 militants since 2014, the government told the Rajya Sabha today. Minister of state in the ministry of Defence Subhash Bhamre, in a written reply, said 84 infiltration bids were also foiled by the security forces since 2014. The LoC, under the operational control of the army, also saw 216 cases of ceasefire violations until June this year. Of these 73 and 76 violations were recorded in May and June respectively, he said. The LoC under the operational control of the Border Security Force (BSF) witnessed 23 cases of ceasefire violations. Three civilians have also died due to cross-border firing by Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After trying out PAVA shells, security forces have now turned to capsicum gel-based teargas to quell mobs in the Kashmir valley and other places. A senior official of the Border Security Force said the new teargas will be ready for use by security forces in spray can and shell forms, as early as next month. The non-lethal munition can be used by security forces at any location in the country where there is a law and order problem but the largest inventory of the product is expected to be shipped to the valley owing to the number of public protests and incidents of stone pelting, the official said. The shells will be produced by the Tekanpur (Madhya Pradesh)-based Tear Smoke Unit (TSU) of the Border Security Force. Last year, the TSU had launched the PAVA teargas munitions which, the BSF said, was “effectively” used by various police and security forces. However, sources in the security establishment had said that the personnel on ground in Kashmir had given feedback that PAVA (Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide) was not an effective replacement for the controversial pellet guns and hence some other non-lethal ammunition should be provided to them to counter stone pelters and protestors. The new bio-friendly oleoresin capsicum-based teargas shells will be produced in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The official said the chilli ingredient for these new munitions will be sourced from the jungles of the North East and Andhra Pradesh and have two variants. “One will be a teargas shell and the other spray can. The ultimate product will be helpful for police and security forces to combat both close-quarter and distant targets,” the official said. In the first go, about 50,000 shells will be produced by the TSU which will be followed by subsequent need-based orders from the forces. An annual general body meeting of the TSU was also held under the chairmanship of BSF Director General K K Sharma at the forces’ headquarters here today. “The governing body also reviewed the progress of automation and production management of the TSU,” a BSF statement later said. PAVA was introduced last year by the Union home ministry after scores of protesters were blinded by the use of pellet guns in the Kashmir valley. The pellet guns have not been discarded and are now used sparingly by the forces there.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSF today seized 60 gold biscuits worth Rs 1.99 crore from an abandoned plastic bag at Indo-Bangla border in Hakimpur in North 24 Parganas district. The gold weighed over seven kg. Acting on an information, BSF personnel waited near Sonai river and found that a man was crossing the river from the Bangladesh side with the help of a rope, carrying a plastic bag. A BSF statement said the man fled after being challenged but left the plastic bag. The bag was recovered and 60 gold biscuits were found inside it. In 2017, BSF South Bengal Frontier has seized 27.738 kg of gold (including this seizure) valued at Rs 8,00,68,879 and apprehended 9 gold smugglers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid tight security, the seventeenth batch comprising 3,603 pilgrims today left Jammu for the 3,888-metre-high Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said. With this, a total of 53,631 pilgrims have left for Amarnath from Jammu since the yatra began on June 28, this year, they said. As many as 1,95,491 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine till last evening, the officials said. The yatra from Jammu was suspended in view of the law and order situation in the Kashmir valley on July 8 but resumed on July 9. The government has mobilised around 35,000 to 40,000 personnel including the police, the Army, the BSF and the CRPF to provide a security blanket to the pilgrims. In addition to the existing strength of the CRPF in the state, the Centre has provided over 250 companies (25,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to the state government. The BSF has deployed over 2,000 troops for the yatra, the Army has provided 5 battalions (about 5,000 personnel) while an additional 5,400 personnel of the police have also been mobilised. On July 10, a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims was attacked by militants. Eight persons lost their lives in the attack. This year, the yatra will be eight days shorter than the last year when it took 48 days. It will conclude on ‘Shravan Purnima’ (Raksha Bandhan) on August 7. Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, the Amarnath shrine is 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today rejected an army jawan’s complaint regarding poor food being served to the troops but ordered the Centre and the Army to ensure full protection to him. Justice Vinod Goel issued the direction while disposing of the jawan’s plea raising an apprehension of threat to his life due to the complaint lodged by him regarding the food quality. The court rejected the jawan’s allegation regarding food quality, saying since the army officers and jawans ate the same meals at the bases during counter-insurgency operations, it was “highly improbable” that bad food would be allowed to be served. If poor food was being prepared or served, the jawan ought to have brought the matter to the attention of his senior officers where he was posted, the court said. It also said in its judgement that the trooper, in his plea, has not specified who had actually pressurised him to withdraw his complaint regarding food quality. The government and the Army had yesterday told the court that the complaint was being looked into by the appropriate authority but was being delayed as the jawan had gone on leave from June 28. They also said the jawan was a habitual offender, who has been awarded rigorous imprisonment for various periods on five occasions for deserting duty, and he was also medically unfit. The punishment is served by a jawan in military custody, its lawyer told the court and added that these facts were not disclosed by the trooper in his plea before the court which showed he had not come forward with clean hands. The jawan, posted in Assam, has alleged in his plea that authorities had started harassing him after he complained that the troopers were being served with poor quality food. The matter assumed significance as in January, a BSF jawan had also made similar allegations on social media which was termed as false by the paramilitary force. Following this, a public interest litigation was filed in the high court seeking direction to the Ministry of Home Affairs to submit a status report with respect quality of food supplied to all paramilitary forces in India. The petition also alleged corruption among officers and poor working conditions. The BSF, however, had brushed aside the claim of graft, saying there are committees to deal with purchase of food items and even inspect it after it is cooked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and their families will now get tips on investments and savings from experts. The force has started a programme on financial literacy for the families keeping in mind the issues they face in planning their finances, given that they spend most of their time guarding the frontiers.The force has started the programme for the 2.5 lakh jawans who work for them to educate them on “how to take advantage of the growing economy and the capital market through investment in indexed equity options for long run benefits maximising on the power of compounding and tax-free regime”.The programme has been initiated recently by Director General KK Sharma, wherein the personnel serving at the border can take wise financial decisions. BSF guards the Pakistan and Bangladesh borders, often facing a hostile environment on the Western Frontier.”With lowering bank rates, inflation, and revised tax rates, the traditional bank-offered options need a rethinking. With this programme, the jawans are being taught to optimise their saving and investment returns in future,” said a senior BSF officer adding that the force is setting up financial literacy training camps across all the Border Out Posts (BOPs).”Our jawans, who are committed to 24X7 duties at the borders, have very little time to think over and use any financial wisdom. We have invited experts from the field to give us in-depth inputs on concepts of savings,” the officer said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSF will soon partner with IIT Bombay to find technology solutions for introducing laser fencing and detecting tunnels to secure Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh. The country’s largest border guarding force is implementing a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) to effectively seal the Indo-Pak border on the western front and the Indo-Bangla border on the eastern flank against attempts of illegal infiltration by terrorists and smuggling of various kinds. “The force will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IIT Bombay on July 8 here. “The aim is to take the help of the experts of the premier technology institute in preparing the correct qualitative requirements for procuring the required gadgets that the force can deploy on the difficult borders and other areas that it guards and secures,” a senior official said. The force, which is adapting technology in a “big way”, guards the two borders which are marred by deserts, swamps, snow-bound heights, riverine locations, dense forests and other inhospitable terrain. A number of tunnels have been detected along the Indo-Pak International Border (IB) while one was spotted by the BSF along the Bangla border sometime back. Experts from the Excellence in Technology for Internal Security (NCEITS) of the Powai-based IIT in Mumbai will also travel to the forward locations with the BSF officials in order to get first-hand knowledge of the terrain and the security gadgets and solutions required to plug the gaps there. The official said the force is looking forward to a “dynamic combination” of various integrated technologies to strengthen the border security grid and other deployments in internal security domains like anti-Naxal operations. “The BSF is inducting technology in a big way to make its responses more efficient as well as effective, be it CIBMS, communication platforms, infrastructure upgradation or health care. “The organisation is working towards inducting not technology but also augmenting human capacity to optimise its uses,” the force said. The decision to install these laser walls was taken by the BSF two years ago keeping in mind the vulnerability of the border in these areas as barbed wire fencing could not be installed in many infiltration prone areas due to treacherous terrain or marshy riverine topography. After the Pathankot terror attack last year, where it is suspected that terrorists crossed over from Pakistan by breaching the border in Punjab, Union home ministry and the BSF sped up the deployment and activation of these walls along the long and winding border. The MoU will be signed by BSF Director General K K Sharma and IIT Bombay Director Devang V Khakhar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The situation in and around Baduria in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, where communal clashes had erupted over an “objectionable” Facebook post, was on Wednesday “tense but under control”.No untoward incident was reported till 11 am, a police officer said.Senior police officers have been deployed in the area to keep a vigil.Announcements were being via the public address system asking the people to maintain law and order.The police were also trying to convince the people to resume normal activities.Local train services were affected in Sealdah-Bangaon section as people squatted on the tracks at Duttapukur and Ashokenagar stations.A pair of trains plied from Basirhat station in the morning hours after which services were disrupted due to demonstration there, GRP sources said.Most of the shops, markets remained shut in and around Baduria including Keosha market, Banshtala, Ramchandrapur and Tentulia.The police said, with the police and BSF personnel putting up at school buildings, educational institutions remained off-limits for students.Four companies of BSF’s South Bengal Frontier rushed to Baduria and adjoining areas of Basirhat, Swarupnagar and Deganga to assist the local administration in controlling the situation after clashes broke out.The BSF personnel cleared roads after removing the blockades put up by a mob.Violence had erupted between two communities at Baduria in Basirhat sub-division of the district on Monday night over the Facebook post, following which a young man was arrested.Besides putting up road blockades at several places, the mob had attacked members of another community and destroyed many shops.The incident had triggered an unprecedented spat between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Banerjee had accused the Governor of acting like “a BJP block president” and “threatening” her.The Raj Bhavan voiced surprise over Banerjee’s “attitude and language”, and said, “the Hon’ble Governor cannot remain a mute spectator to the affairs in the state”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A chopper carrying Union Home Minister Kiren Rijiju was on Tuesday forced to make an emergency landing near Itanagar on Tuesday. He was travelling from Guwahati to Ziro to attend the Dree Festival.The Mi-17 helicopter, where Rijiju was travelling, had seven other passengers when it faced heavy rains and fog in the afternoon. It made an emergency landing when the weather turned bad.Pilots of the Border Security Force, who were flying the chopper, had to hover around for more than 10 minutes before it landed at a small paddy field in Itanagar. Soon after the landing the Itanagar SP rushed to the spot and along with local people helped him and the other passengers reach a safe spot.”I was lucky enough to be landed safely, thanks to the BSF pilots who are very experienced,” he told reporters.”It was preventive landing; because of weather conditions, the helicopter could not land at its destination. So, it landed at an alternate place,” said a BSF spokesperson.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Communal clashes broke out in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district last night following an “objectionable” Facebook post, prompting the government to rush in 400 BSF troopers to assist the local administration in controlling the situation. Though there was no official confirmation about any casualties during the clashes, the incident triggered an unprecedented spat between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, whom she accused of acting like “a BJP block president” and “threatening” her. The Raj Bhavan voiced surprise over Banerjee’s “attitude and language”, and said, “the Hon’ble Governor cannot remain a mute spectator of the affairs in the state.” Tripathi, a former BJP veteran and ex-speaker of Uttar Pradesh assembly, was appointed West Bengal governor after the Narendra Modi government was formed in 2014. The violence between two communities at Baduria under Basirhat sub-division in the district started last night over the post following which a young man was arrested, the police said today. A violent mob put up road blockades at several places and attacked members of other community, besides destroying many shops, they said. Shops were shut down in Baduria as tension prevailed there and spread to adjacent areas like Keosha market, Banshtala, Ramchandrapur and Tentulia, the police said. A senior Border Security Force (BSF) officer said four companies comprising 400 troops of the force’s South Bengal Frontier have been deployed in Bashirhat, Swarupnagar, Baduria and Devganga areas to assist the state police in containing the situation. Several incidents of communal clashes have been reported in the state during recent times. Banerjee, while strongly reacting to her conversation with Tripathi over the incident, said she felt so offended that “I once even thought of leaving (quitting as chief minister)”. A Raj Bhavan statement quoted Tripathi as having said nothing happened during the talks over which Banerjee should feel “insulted, threatened or humiliated”. “The talks between the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Hon’ble Governor were confidential in nature and none is expected to disclose it,” a statement issued by Raj Bhavan here said. It said that the governor asked the chief minister to ensure peace and law and order by all means. Condemning the riots, Banerjee said, “This is a serious issue, let me handle it seriously.” She said after the arrest of one person, there should not have been any further trouble. “We were awake last night (to control it).” Banerjee said, “The ruling party at the Centre has an agenda. They have formed a ‘Gau Raksha group’ to kill people. A ‘hate group’ was formed to foment riots. Riots are taking place in the name of Hindu Samhati.” Accusing the state police of failure to control the situation, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is also in charge of the state, wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking him intervene in the matter. “More than 2,000 Muslims attacked Hindu families. Bombs went off at many places and information of Hindu sisters and daughters being raped has also been received. Local workers (of BJP) have said many facilities, including five BJP offices, were set on fire,” Vijayvargiya, who is based in Delhi, said. Banerjee said, “Someone had posted something objectionable on Facebook. He was arrested. Where is the fault of my government.” The West Bengal government has dispatched a special team of the state police and Kolkata Police to the riot-hit area to monitor the situation. Official sources in Delhi said the clashes were triggered last evening over the Facebook post about a holy site. A demonstration was held in front of the Baduria police station by the people belonging to one community. In an indirect reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Israel visit, Banerjee said, “He is going abroad to forge unity and the country is on fire. This must be stopped.” She said, “I told police yesterday to stop it. They should have blocked the Facebook account. But, how many Facebook accounts can be blocked? If the police had opened fire, 200 people would have been killed.” The chief Minister appealed to top leaders of both the communities that her government would not tolerate “this hooliganism”. State BJP President Dilip Ghosh said if the governor asked her about the incident, where was the question of her being insulted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Communal clashes have broken out in North 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal over an “objectionable” post on Facebook, prompting the state government to rush 400 troops of paramilitary BSF today to assist the police in containing the situation. The violence between two communities at Baduria under Basirhat sub-division in the district started last night over the post following which a young man was arrested, the police said today. A violent mob put up road blockades at several places and attacked members of other community, besides destroying many shops, they said. There were no immediate reports of any casualty. Shops were shut down in Baduria as tension prevailed there and spread to adjacent areas like Keosha market, Banshtala, Ramchandrapur and Tentulia, the police said. A senior Border Security Force (BSF) officer said four companies comprising 400 troops of the force’s South Bengal Frontier have been deployed in Bashirhat, Swarupnagar, Baduria and Devganga areas to assist the state police in containing the situation. In an unprecedented move, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi of “threatening” her over phone and said that he was acting like a “BJP block president”. “The way he spoke taking the side of the BJP, I felt insulted. I have told him that he cannot talk like this…He talked big on law and order. “I am not here at the mercy of anyone. The way he spoke to me, I once thought of leaving (the chair),” she said. Condemning the riots, Banerjee said, “This is a serious issue, let me handle it seriously.” She said, “One person was arrested yesterday and there should not have been any further trouble after that. We were awake last night (to control it).” Banerjee said, “The ruling party at the Centre has an agenda. They have formed a ‘Gau Raksha group’ to kill people. A ‘hate group’ was formed to foment riots. Riots are taking place in the name of Hindu Samhati.” The BJP alleged that over 2,000 Muslims attacked Hindu families in North 24 Parganas district and its offices at several places were set on fire. Accusing the state police of failure to control the situation, party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is also in charge of the state, wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene in the matter. “More than 2,000 Muslims attacked Hindu families. Bombs went off at many places and information of Hindu sisters and daughters being raped have also been received. Local workers (of BJP) have said many facilities including five BJP offices were set on fire,” Vijayvargiya, who is based in Delhi, said. Banerjee said, “Someone had posted something objectionable on Facebook. He was arrested. Where is the fault of my government.” The West Bengal government has dispatched a special team of the state police and Kolkata Police to the riot-hit area to monitor the situation. Official sources in Delhi said the clashes were triggered last evening over the Facebook post about a holy site. A demonstration was held in front of the Baduria police station by the people belonging to one community. In an indirect reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Israel visit, Banerjee said, “He is going abroad to forge unity and the country is on fire. This must be stopped.” She said, “I told police yesterday to stop it. They should have blocked the Facebook account. But, how many Facebook accounts can be blocked? If the police had opened fire, 200 people would have been killed.” The chief Minister appealed to top leaders of both the communities that her government would not tolerate “this hooliganism”. State BJP President Dilip Ghosh said if the governor asked her about the incident, where was the question of her being insulted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday had a miraculous escape when a chopper carrying him had landed in emergency conditions due to bad weather.The Mi-17 helicopter with Rijiju and seven other passengers and crew was flying from Guwahati to Zero in Arunachal Pradesh when it faced heavy rains and fog this afternoon.The experienced pilots of the chopper, belonging to the Border Security Force, managed to manoeuvre for around 10 minutes and landed at a small field in Itanagar in emergency situation.”I was lucky enough to be landed safely, thanks to the BSF pilots who are very experienced,” he told PTI.The Minister of State for Home said the Itanagar SP came to the spot after hearing the news later while local people came forward immediately to help him and other accompying people.Rijiju was travelling to Ziro to attend the local Dree festival there.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 17,000 pilgrims today paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath, with over 46,000 visiting it in the first four days of the pilgrimage. Meanwhile, six pilgrims were injured today when their vehicle collided with a tipper in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. On the fourth day of the yatra, 17,613 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave, an official spokesman said here. He said till date 46,795 people have paid obeisance at the holy cave. The annual yatra in Kashmir had begun amid terror threats, according to an Intelligence warning, prompting the authorities to mobilise the “highest level” of security measures, including satellite tracking system. The government has mobilised a heavy security blanket of over 35,000 to 40,000 troops including the police, Army, BSF and CRPF as part of the multi-tier security for the pilgrimage. In addition to the existing strength of the CRPF in the state, the Centre has provided over 250 companies (25,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to the state government. The BSF has deployed over 2,000 troops for the yatra while the Army has provided five battalions (about 5,000 personnel) and additional 54 companies (5,400 personnel) of the police have also been mobilised. The yatra will be eight days shorter this year against last year’s 48 days and conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 7. Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath shrine stands at 3,888 metres, 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A mid-air collision between an IndiGo plane and a BSF aircraft, which had Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on board, was averted over Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir today, sources said.The two planes came perilously close to each other when an alert went off inside both cockpits, following which the aircraft automatically steered to a safer distance, sources said. There were 180 passengers on board the Delhi-Srinagar IndiGo aircraft and 12, including the home secretary, on the BSF plane. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has initiated a probe into the incident.As per sources, Mehrishi, who was onboard the BSF’s Embraer aircraft, was not informed about the incident by the pilot — an IAF officer. The airspace where the incident happened falls under the defence administration. “Indigo flight 6E-653 (Delhi-Srinagar) was maintaining a height of 26,000 feet, reciprocal aircraft was climbing out of 25,000 feet, when our pilot alerted the Air Traffic Control. But before the ATC could respond, TCAS-RA (automatic warning) alerted our aircraft to take action to avoid any untoward situation,” said a statement from the airline.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protected by multiple levels of security, the 40-day Amarnath pilgrimage began from here today with the first batch of 2,280 devotees leaving for the high altitude shrine. Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi and Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh flagged off the convoy to the cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva in the south Kashmir Himalayas at about 5.30 am. As the 72-vehicle convoy left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here amid chants of “Jai Bholay Nath” and “Bum Bum Bholay”, officials said intelligence warning had prompted the “highest level” of security arrangements. These included satellite tracking systems, jammers and bulletproof bunkers, dog squads, CCTV cameras and quick response teams in addition to thousands of security personnel guarding the route in view of the increased threat perception and violence in the Valley. The convoy of the first batch of pilgrims, including 1,811 men, 422 females and 47 sadhus, was escorted by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicles, an official said. While 698 left for the Baltal basecamp in 25 vehicles, 1,535 pilgrims and 47 sadhus left in 47 vehicles for Pahalgam base camp from the Jammu base camp. Singh said all security arrangements had been put in place to ensure an incident free yatra. “The highest level of the security measures have been put in place. All important aspects like security, arrangements necessary for the road journey and base camp have been well taken care of,” the deputy chief minister added. S N Shrivastava, special director general, CRPF, had said yesterday the annual yatra was a “big challenge” and elaborate security was in place to ensure the safety of the pilgrims. The government has mobilised a heavy security blanket of over 35,000 to 40,000 troops, including the police, the Army, the BSF and the CRPF. In addition to the existing strength of the CRPF in the state, the Centre has provided over 250 companies (25,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to the state government. The BSF has deployed over 2,000 troops for the yatra while the Army has provided five battalions (about 5,000 personnel). An additional 54 companies (5,400 personnel) of the police have also been mobilised. “This Amarnath yatra will have the highest-ever security setup to ensure an incident-free yatra,” said Shrivastava. A letter sent by Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Muneer Khan to the Army, the CRPF, and range DIGs in the state spoke of intelligence inputs received from SSP Anantnag that terrorists have been directed to eliminate 100 to 150 pilgrims and about 100 police officers and officials. “The input is assessed to be a HUMINT (human intelligence) and it needs further corroboration,” the IGP had said in the letter that went viral on social media after it was leaked. This year, the yatra will be eight days shorter than last year’s 48 days and will conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 7. Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath shrine stands at 3,888 metres, 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal. Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) of the state police along with rescue teams of various security forces have been pressed into service along with fire fighting teams at pre-determined points.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Guns fell silent along the LoC on Eid today after a spate of ceasefire violations, Army officials said. Border guarding forces from either side exchanged sweets on the International Border in Jammu. “The guns are silent today. There is no report of any firing and shelling by the Pakistani Army along the LoC,” a senior army officer said. “The border guarding forces exchanged sweets in a cordial atmosphere all along the IB in the Jammu frontier area,” a BSF officer said. There have been 20 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu region so far in June. Three jawans and one civilian were killed in firing. A jawan was injured in back-to-back ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Army yesterday. The Pakistani Army breached the truce thrice yesterday by firing small arms and shelling mortars on army posts along the LoC in the Rajouri and Poonch sectors. The Indian side fired back in retaliation, army sources said. Pakistani troops on Saturday fired on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector. These violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistan special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans. One Paksitani soldier was also killed. Pakistan’s Border Action Team comprises its army’s special forces personnel and terrorists.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For a change, Indian and Pakistani border guards left their bitterness behind and exchanged holy ‘shakar and sharbat’ in the Ramgarh sector on the sensitive International Border (IB) of the Jammu division on Thursday.Thanks to the annual mela at the shrine of Dilip Singh Manhas, popularly known as Baba Chamliyal, spirituality took over the Indian and Pakistani border guards, who renewed their pledge to maintain peace and tranquility on the IB.A sector commander level meeting was also held at the zero line on this occasion. The 31-member Pakistani delegation consisted of Pakistan Rangers, civil administration reresentatives and other notable people, and was led by Sector Commander Brigadier Amjad Hussain.The Indian delegation consisted of BSF officers and officers from the civil administration, including Deputy Commissioner Samba Sheetal Nanda and prominent civilians of the area. The delegation was led by PS Dhiman, DIG, BSF (Sector Headquarters), Jammu.The Pakistani delegation was received warmly by the BSF and a guard of honour was presented to Pakistan Rangers Sector Commander Brigadier Amjad Hussain.”The Sector Commander of Pakistan Rangers handed over a beautifully decorated chaddar to PS Dhiman so that it can be offered at the shrine. BSF officials handed over shakkar and sharbat to Pakistan Rangers for further distribution to devotees in Pakistan,” said a BSF spokesman.”During the meeting, both sides assured each other to maintain peace and tranquility in the border area,” he said.A large number of Pakistani people showed up at the zero line on their side of the IB to catch a glimpse of the ‘Baba’. As intimated by Pakistan Rangers, large numbers of devotees were eagerly waiting on their side of the village for the holy shakkar and sharbat.On behalf of the Indian delegation, young girls, as ambassadors of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign, received the gifts and showcased the Indian resolve of gender parity.J&K Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga greeted the people on the auspicious occasion and prayed for everlasting peace, harmony and brotherhood in the state.”The annual mela brings together not only people from the two communities but also from the two countries as well,” he said.The Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Irrigation and Flood Control said various steps are being taken by the present government to promote heritage and cultural tourism in the state to give due respect to the local traditions.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSF and the Narcotic Control Bureau have seized over one kg of heroin at Gulgarh border out post (BOP) in Amritsar sector along the Indo-Pak border here. Based upon specific information provided by the Narcotics Control Bureau, a special joint search operation was launched ahead of border security fence last night, BSF DIG R S Kataria said today. During the search, 1.415 kg of heroin was recovered wrapped in white polythene and buried in soil, the officer added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Naxal was today gunned down in an exchange of fire with security personnel at a forest in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said. The skirmish took place this afternoon in the forest near Kamteda village when a joint team of STF, BSF and DRG was out on an anti-Maoist operation, Special Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) D M Awasthi told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)