Anti-sniping measures are undertaken to prevent BSF troops to become targets of any firing by snipers across the border. The measures have been taken in view of the several incidents of sniping from the Pakistani side in which one jawan was killed and three others injured in the last few months.

BSF head constable Ram Niwas Meena of 200th Battalion was injured in sniper firing on Narainpur Border Out Post (BOP) area in Samba district along the International Border (IB) on August 5 this year and later died.

On August 6, another jawan Pawan Kumar received bullet injuries during sniping incident at Alfa Machial BOP along the IB in Jammu sector and is paralysed.

BSF constable M Basu was injured on October 14 when Pakistani troops resorted to sniping on Katav Border Out Post along the IB in Samba district.

Nets have been put in place in most of the BOPs and Observation Posts (OPs) to avoid sniping, the DIG said.

"They have been successful. After putting up the nets and green corridors for jawans, anti-national elements from across the International Border cannot see our troops or santry. It is an anti-sniping measure", he said while displaying special nets and green slides around the Shap nallah post.

"The green slides have been put to avoid sight of the jawans ascending and descending the OPs and BOPs", he added.

To ensure the safety and security of the troops and people along the IB, BSF is all set to raise a 10-metre high embankment along the IB in Jammu frontier, he said.

The 41-metre wide and 10-metre high embankment is being raised from Akhnoor Sector to Kathua to secure troops, living along the IB, from sniper firing from the Pakistani side and they can freely move behind it, he said.

BSF, in collaboration with the state government, will acquire the land in 122 villages along the border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.

(Agencies)

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