By Priyanka S. Raj
Border security Force (BSF) was raised on December 1, 1965 under the leadership of Padma Vibhushan and an officer of Indian Police (also sometimes referred to as the Imperial Police) Khusro Faramurz Rustamji popularly known as K F Rustamji. It is one of the prominent para-military forces to safeguard India’s land border during peace and preventing trans-border crimes. The BSF is one of the largest border security forces in the world known for diligently protecting the borders during crisis situations and natural disaster. BSF has been termed as the First Line of Defence with the motto of “DUTY UNTO DEATH.
Extending greetings to the country men besides the BSF personnel and their families on this year’s (56th BSF Raising Day) Raising Day, BSF Inspector General of Meghalaya Frontier Hardeep Singh said BSF has played a noteworthy role in various operations and war including the famous battle of Longewala as well as 1971 India-Pakistan war.
“During the peace and wartime, we are fighting shoulder to shoulder with Indian Army. The force is playing a significant role in creating a sense of security across the border and we are having a good relation with the local populace at the border.” Through Border Area Development Programme (BADP), the BSF has undertaken a number of border developments works, he added.
In an exclusive interview to this Defence Journalist, the BSF IG said: “We are having about 480 km border with Bangladesh, and we are ensuring full border security to the local populace. We are doing great jobs in tackling trans-border illegal activities.”
Further speaking he said, “Due to various commitments, BSF personnel are occupied. However, we are coping with the constraints and adjusting with the present scenario. We are giving collective training to our troops whenever required and also giving a lot of emphasis on physical fitness of our BSF jawans.”
Hardeep Singh recently took over as the Inspector General in the BSF Meghalaya Frontier. In his 34 years of service, he saw various cross border criminal activities, therefore a lot of changes in the training of BSF personnel have also been undertaken under his guidance and command.
On the other hand, for the welfare of BSF personnel and their families a lot of schemes and initiatives were undertaken and implemented from time to time.
“When border security force is ensuring the security, the people should enjoy their stay and we will leave no stone unturned towards protecting the national security of the country,”
-Hardeep Singh, Inspector General, BSF Meghalaya Frontier
In his final comment, the BSF IG, who is a recipient of President Police Medal-Service (PPMS), said in Meghalaya during the year, the deployed battalions of the BSF has made major achievements in combating the illegal border activities. “When border security force is ensuring the security, the people should enjoy their stay and we will leave no stone unturned towards protecting the national security of the country.”
The Border Security Force has shown its worth during the various insurgency and militancy operations in the Northeast, Kashmir, Punjab, and also in fighting with Naxal in remote areas.
-The writer is a Meghalaya-based defence journalist