BSF Installs Rolling Cameras Along IB

SRINAGAR: Border Security Force (BSF) has installed high end rolling cameras along the International Border in Jammu province to thwart any attempt of militants to sneak into the state.

Official sources said that BSF has installed high end rolling CCTV cameras along the 179-km-long international border with Pakistan to keep a close watch over the activities of the militants planning to intrude into Jammu and Kashmir. At least 40 cameras, imported from Germany have been installed in Akhnoor, Samba, R S Pura sectors replacing the previous Israeli made surveillance equipment. The cameras work on electricity and have a battery backup that last for several hours.

Sources said that the cameras were installed following the twin attacks in the border districts of Kathua and Samba by Fidayeen in September this year.

On September 26, three heavily armed militants dressed in Army fatigues and carrying automatic rifles and grenades, stormed Hiranagar police station. In the ensuing gun-battle four policemen and two civilians were killed. Later, the Fidayeen stormed an Army camp in adjoining Samba district, where they killed four Army personnel including Lt Col Bikramjeet Singh, second in command of the16 Cavalry unit there.

 “These cameras have proved to be the best surveillance equipment for us. They work on pattern of cable car covering the radius of around 1 kilometre. It also has thermal imager that records the body temperature of any suspicious person moving around the border,” a senior BSF officer, pleading not to be named said.

Each camera, he said, costs around rupees Rs 35 lakh. He said that different control rooms have been established by the force where the videos recorded by the sophisticated cameras are analyzed.

“We have trained our men well to take maximum advantage of the device. It’s very effective in countering infiltration. These cameras are much better than the Israel technology which we were using at the borders,” the officer added. gns

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