Sunday, August 02, 2009

New BSF chief takes over

TNN 2 August 2009, 03:06am IST


NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over the "gaps'' in the border protection, new BSF director-general Raman Srivastava said that these would have to be
plugged.

Srivastava who took over from M L Kumawat on Saturday said, "The border is very long. There are gaps and we have to fill those. We have to further strengthen the organisation.''

Srivastava held charge as special secretary (internal security) in the home ministry in his previous stint.

Asked if the recent incident when rockets were fired from across the Indo-Pak border in Punjab was the handiwork of the Taliban, he said, "It will be wrong to pinpoint anyone right now. Investigations are on to find out who was behind this.''

The 1973 batch IPS officer, who has also served as the director-general of Kerala police, said his force was ready for anti-Naxal operations. "The BSF has always dealt with insurgency besides guarding the border. Fighting the Naxals will be slightly different but the force will rise to any challenge that is posed to it,'' Srivastava said.

On smuggling of narcotics and fake Indian currency notes via the border, he said, "BSF is already on the job and is doing great. We have to see if there are chances of improvement.''

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