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BSF pulls itself together after Pathankot attack

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:30 IST

The Border Security Force (BSF), blamed after the terror attacks on Dinanagar and Pathankot of failing to stop infiltration from Pakistan and of allowing the smuggling of drugs, has cracked down on its personnel, reports the Hindustan Times.

Seven BSF men have been sacked for colluding with the drug mafia, and 108 have been transferred since 2011 for suspicious activity. The BSF has handed over four of the sacked men to the police for investigation.

"Transfers are based on reports given by our intelligence wing about their activities or due to complaints regarding doubtful conduct during the posting or leave period," said Anil Paliwal, BSF inspector general at the Punjab frontier.

Transfers are also due to the fact that the BSF has, since 2014, posted its personnel away from their home districts.

Meanwhile, the paramilitary force seized 344 kg of heroin on the border with Pakistan in 2015. It had seized 361 kg of narcotics the previous year.

"In the past two years, we have enhanced vigil along the border. The numbers speak for themselves. In 2011, 67 kg of heroin was seized," said Paliwal.

The force also takes credit for gunning down 21 smugglers and 15 intruders since 2011, and catching 122 Pakistani nationals while crossing the border.

First published: 27 January 2016, 7:00 IST