The Hindu – Punjab wants 5 more BSF companies for security

Requires funding of Rs 206-crore for infrastructure, capacity building

Special Correspondent

Chandigarh, 23 April 2017. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday sought five additional Border Security Force (BSF) companies from the Centre to strengthen the India-Pakistan border along the State.

In a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Captain Amarinder pointed out that the BSF deployment in the State needs to be strengthened along the lines of Jammu and Kashmir. At present, the State has one BSF battalion deployed for about 32 kilometres.

“Raising and strengthening second line of defence was necessitated by the fact that the Punjab border becomes vulnerable to terrorist attacks and smuggling of arms, ammunition and drugs from across the border in view of the heavy security at the J&K border,” said Captain Amarinder, as quoted by an official spokesperson.

“Raising the second line of defence would require immediate funding of about Rs 206 crore in infrastructure, capacity building and manpower,” said Captain Amarinder, seeking the Home Minister’s support in financing the same in national interest.

Captain Amarinder also raised the issue related to security at the high-profile Punjab jails, which have recently witnessed a spate of untoward incidents, including the Nabha jailbreak and several cases of gang war.

Security for prisons

Pointing out that that many terrorists lodged in various Punjab jails have nexus with gangsters lodged in the prisons, the Chief Minister urged Mr Rajnath Singh to provide additional security forces to secure the high-profile prisons in the State.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/punjab-wants-5-more-bsf-companies-for-security/article18191938.ece

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