‘No Non-Lethal Strategy on Borders’

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  • Indicating a hardline approach in dealing with smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here that there was no such thing as a “non-lethal strategy” in place for the Border Security Force (BSF).
  • “There is nothing like a non-lethal strategy. What is paramount is that our border needs to be protected. I cannot allow [a situation in which] the jawans are attacked and they cannot fire in self-defense,” Mr. Singh.
  • During the United Progressive Alliance government’s rule, the BSF was asked to adopt a “non-lethal strategy” on the eastern border.
  • The instruction was issued soon after reports of killings of Indian and Bangladeshi nationals by the BSF surfaced.
  • Those killed were allegedly trying to smuggle goods or illegally cross the border.
  • Singh said friendly ties with Bangladesh could not be at the cost of jawans’ lives.
  • Singh said the BSF had successfully reduced cattle smuggling. “In the past three to four months, there has been a decline in cattle smuggling. The prices of beef in Bangladesh have, therefore, increased by over 30 per cent.”
  • The Home Minister said the government was expecting in a month a report of the review committee set up to tackle issues like cattle smuggling and fake Indian currency along the India-Bangladesh border.
  • He stressed on the need for more floating BOPs to monitor the riverine borders and increased fencing along the border.
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