Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal during the inauguration of the smart digital fencing along Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri on Tuesday. Credit: EastMojo Image

Dhubri: “Terrorism has no religi on. The sacrifice made by Indian security forces while safeguarding the country won’t go unnoticed. I assure everyone that the forces behind the attacks on our security forces will be punished accordingly,” said Union home minister Rajnath Singh while inaugurating the Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique (BOLD-QIT) project along the India-Bangladesh border in Dhubri district of Assam on Tuesday.

Referring to the recent Pulwama attack where 40 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom, the Union minister reiterated his commitment towards tackling terrorism with strong hands. “People might have differences in opinion. But that doesn’t mean that they will take up arms to solve their problems. Every problem can be solved with proper discussion. We will follow zero tolerance against terrorism,” he added.

The Border Security Force (BSF) is responsible for safeguarding of over 4,000 km-long International Border (IB) with Bangladesh. At various places, it is not possible to erect border fence due to the geographical barriers.

The 61-km border stretch in Dhubri district, where river Brahmaputra enters into Bangladesh, consists of vast char lands and innumerable river channels thus making border guarding in this area a daunting task, especially during rainy season. To overcome this problem, in 2017, the ministry of home affairs decided to go for technological solution besides the physical presence of BSF personnel.

“In January 2018, the IT wing of BSF undertook the BOLD-QIT project under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management system and completed it in record time with the technical support of various manufacturers and suppliers,” Singh said, adding: “The implementation of this project will not only help BSF to curb all types of cross-border crimes but also provide respite to the troops from round-the-clock human surveillance.”

In September last year, the home minister inaugurated two smart-fencing pilot projects of five km each on the India-Pakistan border in Jammu.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, senior state government officers and BSF personnel were also present on the occasion, among others.

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