Gujarat BSF gets MoD nod for women battalion

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The Ministry of Defence has given its go-ahead to the Gujarat Frontier of Border Security Force (BSF) to raise a battalion of women personnel to guard the Munabao railway station on the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan. This will be the second such battalion of the BSF after Punjab.

The Gujarat Frontier had written to the Ministry a few months ago requesting to form a women battalion for the Munabao railway station in Barmer district where New Thar Express halts.

"The MoD has given a go-ahead for the battalion and the process to recruit women personnel is on. Munabao being the biggest connecting point between the two countries, all types of passengers come, so the security concerns are high. The battalion is required to control the crowd and check women when they enter India," said BSF IG Arun Sinha.

There will be 100 constable-rank women in the battalion who will be stationed at all BSF outposts of the Frontier for a small period before being permanently stationed at Munabao.

BSF officials said the battalion would be of great help to the jawans manning the station for a long time. They said vigilance and security checks have to be increased from the night before the train arrives. Immigration clearance, security checks and frisking take more than 30 hours. The train comes from Khakropar in Pakistan every Saturday. About 550 kilometres from Ahmedabad, Munabao receives around 250 to 300 passengers.

According to the BSF, if need be, the battalion would work with Gujarat Frontier (including Barmer) jawans in combating terrorism and infiltration.

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