MHA clears high-tech Intruder Detection System for Kashmir border

Center is worried that any failure in the Valley may prove damaging for the government going into 2018, which is a crucial year ahead of the General Elections in 2019.

JASVINDER SIDHU
New Delhi, Publish Date: Oct 22 2017 12:19AM | Updated Date: Oct 22 2017 1:15AM
MHA clears high-tech Intruder Detection System for Kashmir borderFile Photo

Ministry of Home Affairs has cleared a plan to set up high-tech ‘Intruder Detection System’ to check movement of militants on LoC and in border areas neighbouring Pakistan, Greater Kashmir has learnt.

Sources said the Center is satisfied with its success against militants in Jammu and Kashmir following the killings of top militant commanders in recent months. But it is also worried about possible attempts of infiltration in next couple of months.

Center is worried that any failure in the Valley may prove damaging for the government going into 2018, which is a crucial year ahead of the General Elections in 2019.

To counter such situation, Ministry of Home Affairs has cleared a proposal to set up an Intruder Detection System to keep a tab on human movement along the sensitive border areas.

The MHA’s sub-group of Technical Experts on Surveillance Equipment, in a meeting last month in New Delhi, approved a proposal to obtain Optical Fibre Cable Intruder Detection System (OFCIDS) to detect human movement, crawling or slow moving target and digging or tunnelling alongside the border areas.

“Recent success in the Valley is satisfactory,” sources in the Home Ministry told GK. “But we are expecting toughest challenges ahead because group across the border, especially in the North Kashmir region, would surely make desperate attempts of infiltration because J&K police and army have wiped out top leadership of militant groups operating there.”

There was a question mark on the existing Anti Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) as a few incidents were reported by field formation, where in militants attempted infiltration by cutting the AIOS on regular basis.

MHA itself has admitted that there were 271 infiltration attempts in 2016 in which about 119 were successful.

This year till May, according to MHA, 115 militants had made attempts to enter into Jammu and Kashmir and 19 of them managed to sneak in.

The proposed OFCIDS will monitor Area Of interests (AOI) and depict all movements and tunnelling and digging work.

It will generate audio, visual alert and will verify, recognize and identify the intrusion. This system is also capable of transmitting all of its finding on one screen installed at local command office.