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69 smugglers arrested along Indo-Pak border between 2018-20: MHA


SRINAGAR: The Ministry of Home Affairs Tuesday informed the parliament that a total of 69 smugglers have been arrested on the India-Pakistan border between 2018 and 2020.

The MoS Home Nityanand Rai was replying to queries raised in the Lok Sabha including the smuggling of drugs and arms on borders and the number of arrests made besides the steps taken by the government to prevent the smuggling.

In a written reply to the house the MoS Home said that drugs like charas, ganja, brown sugar, heroin, opium, marijuana, etc., and arms have been seized along Indo-Pakistan, Indo-Bangladesh, Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Myanmar Borders by the concerned Border Guarding Forces, viz., Border Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal and Assam Rifles.

About the figures of smugglers arrested on Indian- Pakistan border between 2018 and 2020 the MoS Home said that a total of 69 smugglers have been arrested so far.

Regarding the measures taken to prevent smuggling along the border areas, the reply said that detailed vulnerability mapping of border, deployment of additional manpower, special surveillance equipment, round the clock surveillance of the border through patrolling, laying Nakas, installation of border fence and flood lights, introduction of force multipliers and hi-tech surveillance equipments such as Hand Held Thermal Imager (HHTI), Night Vision Device (NVD), Long-Range Reconnaissance and Observation System (LORROS), Battle Field Surveillance Radar (BFSR), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been taken.

It further mentioned the conduct of special operations along the border and in depth areas and establishment of observation posts, areas domination patrols along the border, use of watercraft and boats for domination of the riverine area of International Border, are the measures taken to prevent the smuggling—(KNO)


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