Hoshiarpur (PB), Nov 11 (PTI) The Border Security Force is being helped in its fight against the drug smuggling by the residents of the border areas, especially farmers, said a senior officer of the force on Saturday Yogesh Bahadur Khurania, the Special Director General of BSF's Western Command in Chandigarh, said that an awareness campaign against harm from narcotics initiated by the force in the border areas of Punjab has yielded positive results.
In many instances, border residents, particularly farmers, informed the force about the presence of suspicious contraband in fields and elsewhere, Khurania told reporters at the BSF's Subsidiary Training Centre in Kharkan, about 17 km from here.
Khurania said the BSF has appealed to the border residents to inform it or the nearest Punjab Police post about the presence of any drone or suspicious-looking persons.
Recent recoveries of drugs made by the BSF were largely due to information provided by these residents, he said.
To curb smuggling of drugs, arms, ammunition, and explosives via Pakistani drones, a well-planned Standard Operating Procedure has been prepared and is being implemented on the ground, Khurania said.
The BSF has proposed to the Punjab government for installation of CCTV cameras at entry and exit points within 3-5 kms of the border, which act as gateway to bring contraband in the nation.
According to Khurania, the Punjab government has even allocated funds for this purpose to the state police, and the BSF has collaborated with them to identify areas, crossings, and entry and exit routes where CCTV cameras are needed.
He said he hopes that these cameras would be installed in the next 2-3 months.
Earlier in the day, Khurania took a march-past salute from 587 newly recruited women constables in a passing-out parade.
Khurania in his address to recruits appreciated their display of self-confidence, skill, and coordination in conducting the parade. PTI COR CHS VN VN