Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
21-December-2011 17:23 IST
1635 BOPs set up along Nepal and Bangladesh Borders

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) is the Border Guarding Force on the Indo-Nepal Border. SSB has so far established 450 Border Out Posts (BOPs) on the Indo-Nepal Border, Each BOP has a sanctioned strength of one platoon.

Border Security Force (BSF) is the Border Guarding Force on the Indo-Bangladesh Border, having 75 BSF battalions with 1185 sanctioned Border Out Posts along this Border. Besides, 3 Nos. of floating Border Out Posts (BOPs) are also deployed to dominate riverine stretches of this border.

To check smuggling along the Indo-Nepal border, SSB regularly carries out various activities like patrolling and laying of nakas/ambushes. Checking of persons crossing the border is also being carried out, both randomly as well as on the basis of specific inputs received from various sources. Continuous monitoring is also being done in this regard.

BSF also makes efforts to check smuggling along the Indo-Bangladesh border like carrying out round the clock surveillance by patrolling, laying of nakas/ambushes and by deploying observation posts. Riverine segments of this border are patrolled and dominated by water craft/speed boats/floating Border Out Posts (BOPs) of BSF’s Water Wing. In addition, Government has sanctioned 16 battalions to augment BOPs in reverine/hilly/vulnerable segments on Indo-Bangladesh border. Besides, the Government has undertaken construction of border fencing and flood lighting; introduction of modern and hi-tech surveillance equipment; upgradation of intelligence set up and coordination with the State Governments and concerned intelligence agencies.

This was stated by Shri Mullappally Ramachandran, Minister of State in Ministry of Home Affairs in written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.