A laser wall technology developed by the Border Security Force will cover about 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches like riverines along Punjab border with Pakistan soon as the Indian home ministry has given a go-ahead to the project.
A laser beam over a river, whenever somebody tries to breach, will set off a loud siren alerting the force to deter any intrusions into the country. The laser wall detects objects passing the line of sight between the laser source and the detector.
Currently, Border Security Force (BSF) has implemented a LASER wall system, called Farheen LASER Wall, along 6 parts of its border to stop intrusion — in area of river Basantar, Bein Nallah, Karol Krishna and Paloa Nallah in the Jammu region.
BSF is also modernizing its weaponry with X-95 Assault Rifles, 9 mm Beretta Carbine and Under Barrel Grenade Launcher introduced in March 2011.
Now, the LASER wall will be extended to 40 soon, including the Ujj river in Bamiyal that was used by Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists before storming the Pathankot air base recently.
Replying an unstarred parliament question, Minister of State Kiren Rijiju of Home Ministry had informed the House in december 2014 that the there is about 145.876 km of unfenced riverine stretches along the Indo-Pakistan Border which is about 6.3% of the Indo-Pakistan Border.
The riverine segments of the borders are being patrolled and dominated with the help of water rafts/speed boats/floating Border Out Posts (BOPs) of the Border Security Force (BSF) water wing.
The thermal sensor like Hand – Held Thermal Imager (HHTI) totaling 1,710 are installed along the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh Border. However, unless anti-tunnel ground sensors in the fenced stretches of both the borders are installed, the cannot be said to be free from infiltration.
Though a night camera covering 130-metre-wide river bed in Bamiyal was installed, it failed to detect the intrusion of Pathankot assailants recently and now just before the PM’s visit, the laser wall was installed in this stretch. It is believed that the terrorists might have entered India five kms downstream of Bamiyal near the Tash border outpost, undetected by the border posts.
Post-Pathankot tragedy, the BSF has deployed more jawans along the border in Punjab area and boat patrolling is being undertaken during the nights.