Tuesday, October 6, 2009

DG visits Attari BSF fully prepared for rocket attacks from across

Attari, October 5

Director-General, BSF, Raman Srivastava changed the name of Pull Kanjri Border Out Post (BOP) to Moran BOP in Attari sector during his first visit to the Attari-Wagah Joint Checkpost (JCP) after assuming the charge, here today.

The gesture symbolically restored the respect to a nautch girl - Moran, a contemporary of legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The then prevalent societal taboos abhorred her profession and the place drew the derogatory name Kanjari. However, the village still is known with the same name Pull Kanjari.

The DG in a firm message to Pakistan said his force was ready to tackle any rocket strike from across the international border. He announced that 29 more battalions would be added to the present strength.

Srivastava said following rocket launcher attacks from across the border they had registered the protest with the Pakistan Rangers. However, the Pak Rangers has not yet come out with any satisfactory reply. He said, however, the BSF had fired following the second rocket launcher strike and added that the instructions had been given that any misadventure in future would elicit the same kind of reaction.

He said with the gradual induction of sophisticated equipments and deployment of adequate force along the fencing on the international border had wrecked the nefarious designs of the anti-national persons. Consequently, the supply of contraband had come down drastically.

He said more battalions of the BSF would be pressed into curb the activities of Naxalites in the states grappling with the menace. Keeping in view the services being rendered by the frontier force, he demanded pay scale for its officials at par with the Army.

The DG handed over a basket containing fruit and sweets to an official of the Pakistan Rangers, Akbar Ali Bhutt. He also witnessed the retreat ceremony at the WJCP.

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