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Ahead of Republic Day, BSF launches ‘Operation Sard Hawa’

India’s first line of defence ‘Border Security Force’ has planned to bolster its surveillance along the Pakistan border in Rajasthan under its “Operation Sard Hawa” from January 23 to 28.

The operation will take place on the western international border of India, aiming to check the instances of infiltration due to the dense fog cover in the region and increase security on the border areas in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The week-long operation has been launched keeping in view of the Republic Day celebration in India.

In an official statement, Arun Kumar Singh, Deputy Inspector General of the BSF, North Zone said, “ Due to fog and haze on the border during winter, the force remains on “high alert” to deal with infiltration and other nefarious activities from across the border.”

All personnel and officers of the headquarters will remain on the border during this period and will monitor the situation 24 hours, he added.

Notably, BSF conducts “Operation Garam Hawa” in summer and “Operation Sard Hawa” in winter every year.

A peek into the world of BSF

BSF is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces of India. With the objective to ensure the security of the borders of India, the Border Security Force (BSF) was established on 1st December 1965, after the Indo-Pak and Indo-China wars.

Since independence, the protection of India’s international boundaries was the responsibility of local police belonging to each border state. However, during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, the inadequacy of the State Armed Police to cope with armed aggression was exposed. So after the end of the war, the government created the Border Security Force as a unified central agency with the specific mandate of guarding India’s international boundaries. K F Rustamji, from the Indian Police Service, was the first Director-General of BSF.

With 186 battalions and over 2.4 lakh military personnel, the BSF is the largest border security unit in the world. The BSF also holds one of the largest women regiments in the world.

BSF is the only paramilitary force in India that has its own marine, air and artillery regiments. It also has a unique Camel wing, specifically trained for desert combat.

BSF is a Union Government Agency under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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