Shillong, Dec 1: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday celebrated their 58th Raising Day. On the occasion, Inderjit Singh Rana, IG BSF Meghalaya, stated that BSF Meghalaya Frontier is strongly dominating the 444 Kms stretch of International Border with Bangladesh and undertaking various confidence building measures and public outreach programmes to cement the relationship with border population of Meghalaya.
During the year, BSF Meghalaya Frontier has seized smuggled goods of more than Rs 25 crore which include cattle, Drug & narcotics, Gold and various other items. In addition to this, 123 miscreants were apprehended while violating the sanctity of IB comprising 61 Indians, 32 Bangladeshi and 30 Rohingyas.
He said troops of BSF Meghalaya left no stone unturned to make the Border safe and tranquil.
BSF was raised on December 01, 1965, by Padma Vibhushan K F Rustamji, after the Indo-Pak war when the need for specialized and specific force to guard the borders was felt.
Border Security Force guard 2725 Kms on western Frontier and 4096 Kms on Eastern Frontier of India. In addition, it serves the nation on the line of control, Counter insurgency, Anti Naxal operations etc. Initiating with 25 battalions, BSF now has 193 battalions. The force has grown not only in volumes but also in its capabilities as one can see Air wing, Water wing, Artillery bolstering the Force in all the facets of national security.