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BSF to install underwater sensors to curb illegal migration

As the government is trying to find ways to pick up illegal immigrants from Bangladesh with the help of National Register of Citizens (NRC), the BSF has come up with a novel solution of installing underwater sensor along the 1,116 km riverine border, which is now the focal point of vigil by the BSF.

In addition, BSF is procuring underwater remote-operated vehicles for patrolling and to find the underwater routes taken by the human traffickers in pushing illegal immigrants across the border.

India and Bangladesh have a 2,979-km land border and 1,116 km of riverine boundary. They also share 54 common rivers, including the Brahmaputra. The 4,096-km border with Bangladesh runs along Bengal (2,216.7 km), Assam (263 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Tripura (856 km).

A senior BSF officer said on Bangladesh border, there are many non-feasible and problematic stretches where fencing cannot be done. For those parts, technical options are being explored.  With the underwater remote-operated vehicles and hydrophone, the BSF are hoping to stop illegal immigration completely.

“The underwater sensors will be equipped with an inbuilt rechargeable battery uninterrupted and it must comprise a ruggedized LCD or LED. The sensor, being installed by the BSF, will also detect low-level, medium-level and high-level noise-producing objects within detection range and will have the ability for real-time visualization and transmission of collected data and can be deployed in rivers with fast current and under current,” an internal note of BSF stated.

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