15 Facts You need to know about India’s First line of defense “BSF”

When we are sleeping safe at home, BSF’s men and women are having night outs at the international border. Yes, these are the brave soldiers protecting our motherland. And you know well that our borders are not the easiest places to guard.

Nations and armies worldwide prepare only for battles, Border Security Force fights each day!

1. The BSF was founded in 1965 after the Indo-Pak war exposed insufficiencies of the existing border security system

The force was begot as a Unified Central Agency dedicated to protect all International boundaries of India.

2. It is the LARGEST border guarding force in the world

It has 186 battalions in total. And there are approximately 2 Lakh, 4 thousand personnel. Most of them keep a tight vigil on hundreds of border posts, day and night!

3. The only Indian paramilitary force with its own Marine & Air wings and Artillery regiments

These wings support the General Duty Battalions in their operations.

4. BSF also has a separate camel and dog wing

5. KF Rustamji from the Indian Police Services was the founding father and first Director General of BSF

Under his guidance, this newly-founded security force took little steps that later proved to be giant leaps on the borders of India. And this was when our not-so-friendly neighbors began to fear us!

6. BSF runs a national level dog breeding and training school

Known as the “National Training Center for Dogs,” the school trains dogs in infantry patrolling, detection of explosives and also for tracking and tracing.

7. BSF maintains a very unique Tear Smoke Unit (TSU) in Tekanpur

Established in 1976, it produces tear gas munitions for anti-riot forces

8. In Rann of Kutch, BSF personnel ride high on unique “All-terrain-Vehicles”

These vehicles help them to monitor 4,000 km of inhospitable terrains in Gujarat, covered in creeks and marshy lands.

9. Creek Commando Force, an elite force of BSF, mans this hostile creek area of Gujarat that shared borders with Pakistan

They have to undergo rigorous training in swimming, marine diving, firing and above all in enduring the hostilities of the rough creek.

10. BSF played a major role in freeing Bangladesh

They helped senior leaders of the Awami League Party to become stronger post their survival of Pakistani massacres. When war broke out on Dec 3rd, 1971, it only took a fortnight for the mass surrender of the Pakistani troops.

11. During Kargil War in 1999, BSF was deployed at the most sensitive areas including Forward Defended Localities

The force joined the Army and of course did a commendable job!

12. BSF conducts the Wagah border ceremony on the Indian side

13. In 2003, BSF killed the mastermind of the Indian Parliament attack of 2001

It was Ghazi Baba, Jaish-e-Mohammed’s second-in-command. The force raided his hideout in Srinagar and killed him in the subsequent gun battle.

14. Peacetime or war – BSF is always at work

Preventing trans-border crimes, promoting a sense of security among border-area residents or responding to enemy movements – BSF is there at work, every single day!

They are guides to our Army in these highly sensitive areas near the LOC.

15. BSF is the first law enforcement force to have the biggest women contingents

Women hold significant positions including those of combat ranks.

The country we live in is under greater threats than we realize. And we’re able to live our lives unfettered is beacause of these very men and women that protect our borders day in and day out.

Let’s take a moment to be grateful for their tireless service to our great nation. Can I get a Jai Hind, y’all?!

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