The Impregnable Shield

DG BSF highlights the force’s achievements at a press meet

Younis Ahmad Kaloo

Addressing the media in New Delhi, Director General Border Security Force (BSF) K.K. Sharma highlighted the force’s journey and achievements since its inception in 1965. The annual press meet was held ahead of celebrating the BSF’s 52nd Raising Day on December 1, at which Vice President Venkaiah Naidu took the salute.

Director General, Border Security Force, K. K. Sharma addresses media during the annual press meet
Director General, Border Security Force, K. K. Sharma addresses media during the annual press meet

“The journey has been challenging and satisfying,’’ said Sharma. “We created many a landmark enroute and have touched new heights with every challenge that has been posed.” He further said, “Ours is a saga of unmatched valour and grit and the force now stands like an impregnable shield, not only at Bangladesh and Pakistan borders guarding 6,386 kilometers, but it also aids the nation in law and order and disaster management”.

The Director General also paid homage to 1,856 BSF personnel who laid their lives in the line of duty and said that the sacrifice has been ‘duly recognised’ by the government by awarding 1 Mahavir Chakra, 13 Veer Chakras, 4 Kirti Chakras, 13 Shaurya Chakras, 232 President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMsG) and 910 Police Medals for Gallantry (PMsG).

While touching upon the cross-border firing issue, Sharma said that the BSF faced ‘numerous unprovoked’ cross-border firing in Jammu area during the last one year and dealt with it accordingly. “Whenever the fire has come from across the border, it has been effectively and suitably retaliated with the same calibre,” he informed.

The recent attack on 182 battalion BSF campus near Srinagar International Airport by militants also found a mention in Sharma’s address. On October 3 this year, three militants carried a predawn strike on the camp resulting in the death of ASI B.K. Yadav and injuries to four other troops. In the ensuing firefight, all the three gunmen were neutralised.

“The suicide attack by the heavily armed terrorists on the BSF campus near Srinagar airport was very successfully foiled by the alert BSF troops,” said the Director General. “Though, the BSF is not in active role in Kashmir valley for anti-terror operations but the well-rehearsed coordinated drills for meeting such contingencies have helped us in eliminating all the three terrorists without any collateral damage, as the camp is in a built-up area and the precision in the firefight was of essence that day.”

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