In the wake of recent terror attack on Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot, India plans to cover around 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches along its border with Pakistan with laser walls.
A senior Indian Home Ministry official has confirmed the news, saying that the proposed move is aimed at checking any infiltration of terrorists. The official, who wished to remain anonymous, also said that the ministry recently asked the Border Security Force (BSF) to set up laser walls in riverine stretches located in northern Indian province of Punjab. The BSF developed the laser wall technology a couple of years ago to completely eliminate the chances of breach of the international border by Pakistan-based terror outfits.
The official explained that laser wall is basically a mechanism which can detect objects passing the line of sight between the laser source and the detector. In case of a breach, a laser beam over a river sets off a loud siren and alerts the security personnel. So far, the BSF has covered only five-six out of around 40 vulnerable points by laser walls.
Meanwhile, a senior BSF officer said that they had started setting up laser walls on unfenced riverine stretches of international border in Jammu sector in 2015, as the area was more prone to terrorist intrusions. According to him, the BSF also deployed additional personnel along the border in Punjab to foil Pakistani terrorists’ attempt to enter India, especially during night.
In a separate development, India has sought the US’ help to find out whether Pakistan equipped Pathankot attackers with modern American warfare technologies. New Delhi made the request after the Indian investigators discovered that the six Pathankot militants used binoculars that were made in the US. Those also had the US Army markings. It suggests that either the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists stole binoculars from one of the US Army bases in Afghanistan or received those from the Pakistani Army, which also procures military equipment from America.
Washington promptly accepted New Delhi’s request, with State Department spokesperson John Kirby saying: “The bilateral relationships are excellent. There is still much to be done. This is an important relationship that we want to continue to improve. We have excellent relations with the Government of India. We want to make them even better.”