New Delhi: The Border Security Force (BSF) in Gujarat apprehended 22 Pakistani fishermen and seized 79 fishing boats in the Bhuj District in 2022. The security forces are responsible for securing 826 km of the India-Pakistan international border, from Barmer in Rajasthan to Rann of Kutch and Creek area, including 85 km of the coastal area of Gujarat.
Pointing to the achievements of Gujarat BSF, a statement issued by force mentioned, “BSF Gujarat is further strengthening its hold along Sir Creek and Harami Nalla area by establishing permanent bases”.
The BSF Gujarat apprehended Pakistani fishermen and fishing boats near creeks and Harami Nalla in Bhuj Sector. The BSF, which guards the 7,419 km India-Pakistan border, also informed that they recovered 50 packets of heroin worth Rs 250 crore and 61 packets of charas worth Rs 2.49 crore from the coastal and creek region of Gujarat.
In Barmer, 14 packets of heroin worth Rs 70 crores were recovered in a joint operation with Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) Jodhpur. The security forces also recovered Rs. 12.05 lakh from suspected smugglers.
The security forces also arrested 31 people for their involvement in various illegal trans-border activities. The arrested accused included 22 Indians, four from Pakistan, two from Bangladesh, two from Canada, and one Rohingya.
BSF Gujarat also conducted various events like Seema Bhawani Women Empowerment Ride from Delhi to Kanyakumari and Cycle Rally from Octroi (Jammu) to Bhuj, under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
BSF Gujarat, with the support of the Gujarat Government, successfully conducted Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade on October 31, 2022, at Kevadia, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief guest.
As a means of public interface, BSF Gujarat organised various Civic Action Programmes and provided essential items and stores and conducted free medical camps and awareness programs of government schemes for the benefit of the border population.BSF organised skill development programs and trained border youths for recruitment in Central Armed Police Forces and other forces.
BSF Gujarat was also awarded the coveted Ashwini Trophy for the year 2021-22, three times in a row, among 11 Frontiers of BSF for best performance in Training and Sports activities, the statement said.
More than 350 Mahila Praharies of BSF Gujarat are effectively safeguarding the country’s borders despite the vagaries of nature, it added.