India plans laser walls along border with Pakistan

Published: January 18, 2016
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A laser wall is a mechanism to detect objects passing the line of sight between the laser source and the detector. PHOTO: ND TV

A laser wall is a mechanism to detect objects passing the line of sight between the laser source and the detector. PHOTO: ND TV

India plans to cover the Pakistan, India border in Punjab with laser walls to prevent cross-border infiltration, according to NDTV.

“All these riverine stretches located in Punjab will be covered by the laser wall technology developed by Border Security Force (BSF) to completely eliminate the chances of breach of the international border by Pakistan-based terror groups,” a Home Ministry official said.

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As of now only five to six of around 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches along the Pakistan-India border in Punjab are covered by laser walls. A laser wall detects objects passing the line of sight between the laser source and the detector. A laser beam over a river sets off a loud siren in case of a breach.

The suspected infiltration point of Ujj river in Bamiyal allegedly used by the six Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists before storming the Pathankot air base was not covered by a laser wall, the report said. A camera to keep watch over the 130-metre-wide river bed was in place but was not recording.

Before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pathankot air base on January 9 last week, BSF covered this stretch by putting up a laser wall.

There are BSF posts on either side of the river in Bamiyal with a personnel on each post keeping a watch on the river through the day and night.

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Last year, the Indian border guarding force had started erecting laser walls on unfenced riverine stretches of international border in Jammu sector. The area is also lit up with high mast lights.

There is speculation that the six JeM terrorists might have walked through the dry river bed at night and BSF personnel might have missed them.

Following the attack in Pathankot, additional personnel have been deployed along the border in Punjab and boat patrolling has been intensified, particularly during night.

This article originally appeared on NDTV.

Reader Comments (8)

  • American
    Jan 18, 2016 - 3:02PM

    Need a laser wall all around Pakistan.Recommend

  • vcbhutani
    Jan 18, 2016 - 5:34PM

    Laser shall not work. It will run up against the resources and ingenuity of the Pakistani State. V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, 18 Jan 2016, 1737 ISTRecommend

  • A-Pukhtoon
    Jan 18, 2016 - 5:51PM

    Just a propaganda gimmick. Majority of people on BOTH sides of the Kashmir divide hate the Indian army due to its decades of atrocities against the innocent people of Held Kashmir-one of the highly militarized regions in the world- all while Indian leaders have repeatedly acknowledged that now there is hardly any cross border movt into Occupied Kashmir. Recommend

  • abhi
    Jan 18, 2016 - 7:22PM

    We need to think more and more solution to secure our border.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 18, 2016 - 10:35PM

    @A-Pukhtoon:
    What Punjab has to do with J&K issue?Recommend

  • Defiant
    Jan 18, 2016 - 11:19PM

    @A-Pukhtoon
    Spot on, sir! The Indians now have a real Pakistan-phobia that they are passing from one generation to the next. Sad victims of propaganda, these conspiracy theorists!

    @American
    Sure you are an American!
    Only problem is, one can tell an Indian troll from miles away. All they have to do is say something about Pakistan! :)Recommend

  • American
    Jan 19, 2016 - 1:13AM

    @Defiant:
    You are paranoid, like all Pakistanis, into thinking that anyone with a comment about Pakistan must be Indian !
    Get over it…everyone else in the world thinks the same of Pakistan.. Recommend

  • asok
    Jan 21, 2016 - 11:02AM

    The transfer is no solution. The govt should investigate into security lapse at border and fix responsibility for such serious lapses. The responsible persons should be dismissed immediately followed by criminal prosecution. The transfer is no solution for this serious crime. The govt should also fix responsibility on minister concerned also and stern action should be initiated. The drug smuggling is going on unchecked with connivance of state politicians in power who must be arrested & prosecuted. Otherwise nothing will improve and such terrorist attacks will take place again & again. All these incidents are taking place due to laxity of governance in this country. The corruption is another root cause of this incident which is prevailing from top to bottom which must be curbed immediately.Recommend

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