Plan to deploy troops on IndoMyanmar border
Aplan to deploy 41,000 troops and setting up of ` 5,000-crore infrastructure will be on the government’s table this week as it looks to replace Assam Rifles with the Border Security Force (BSF) to guard the porous Indo-Myanmar border. A team of senior BSF officials will soon make a detailed presentation to the Ministry of Home Affairs as to the force’s requirements for station- ing its personnel and creating posts along this 1,640-km-long border, which is notorious for movement of insurgents and smuggling of arms and narcotics.
A field survey team is already in the border areas to map the topography and the terrain and forests in the area. BSF, according to sources, has projected a requirement of 41 battalions (roughly 41,000 personnel), under three new sectors, to man this border.
The estimated cost of creating the infrastructure for the above, over a period of five years, is about ` 5,000 crore.