Cameras, thermal imaging to man border gaps

SHILLONG: The Border Security Force (BSF) is using high-end devices to plug the gaps along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya.
BSF has installed cameras at Kilapara near Dalu in West Garo Hills, Dawki and Umshiang areas for better vigil, a BSF official said on Sunday.
There are 108 gaps along the 443-km Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya and thermal imaging and night vision devices are being used in 17 locations, the BSF official said.
Besides, high-mast lights have been installed at Gumaghat and other areas and are being set up in Baghmara. High-mast lights can light up an area up to 400 meters.
BSF is procuring more equipment for better surveillance. Replying to a query, the official said fencing along 232km of the border area is complete. Another 42km has also been fenced but BSF is yet to take up the area from the implementing agency.
Border fencing in the State was delayed because of protests by various groups who claimed that residents in these areas would lose land.
Now the Supreme Court is monitoring the fencing work.

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