Military bases to be under e-surveillance, Defence Ministry discusses issue with tri-service chiefs #Hindustan360

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The three major terror attacks on military establishments last year when heavily armed fidayeens (suicide bombers) were able to scale boundary walls, breach perimeter security. View more at #Hindustan360.

Alarmed with the attack on the artillery unit in Nagrota, 3 km outside the 16 Corps headquarters, which claimed the lives of seven army men last November and the previous attacks on the brigade headquarters in Uri, killing 18 and the Pathankot Air Force station where seven security personnel lost their lives, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued guidelines based on the recommendations of Lt Gen Philip Campose (retd) to all three services to fortify perimeter security.

In addition to physical security through boundary walls, sentry patrolling and fencing, the Army is now looking to secure its camps and establishments along the LoC and in the hinterland electronically, through surveillance cameras, entry intrusion detection system, infra-red lights, and security lights.

Top government sources said that the MoD has discussed the issue in detail with the chiefs of tri-services and recommended its implementation at the earliest. The security of the camps and the recurring militant attacks were also the main topic of discussion, sources said, in the December meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs headed by former Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and then Vice Chief of the Army Staff (now Chief of Army Staff) Lt Gen Bipin Rawat assured the committee that the gaps in perimeter security were being addressed and the army is procuring systems for electronic surveillance along with physical sentries.

“Army camps and establishments until now were manned by physical security alone, which is manpower-intensive. Some of these establishments have just boundary walls or barbed wire fencing and sentries are deployed for patrolling within the premises. The electronic means will assist in addition to the physical presence of men,” a senior official from the MoD said.

Under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), the BSF is also procuring an electronic system to detect tunnel digging along the border. Last year, BSF detected two cross-border tunnels near Chamliyal in Samba sector in November and along the international border in R S Pura sector in March, which could have been dug up by terrorists.

While there is no system to detect tunnels, MHA has identified a German technology, including a kind of wire, which can be laid underground to detect seismic variations. This is now being tested at BSF’s Tekanpur factory.

Attacks on military establishments

🔴 May 2015: Brigade HQ, Tangdhar
🔴 November 2015: Army camp, Tangdhar
🔴 January 2016: Pathankot Air Force base
🔴 September 2016: Uri attack, Brigade Headquarters
🔴 November 2016: Artillery Unit, Nagrota

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