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India will retaliate, won’t count bullets if attacked: Rajnath Singh

rajnathHINDUSTAN TIMES: Indian home minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday India will never incite an attack against any other country but won’t hold back either, if provoked.

On the second day of his visit to Barmer to review security at the India-Pakistan border, Singh held a meeting with BSF officials.

Singh reached Munabao check post around 11.35am where he inspected a guard of honour. Munabao is the point where the Thar Express enters India from Pakistan.

Addressing BSF jawans, Singh said, “India never attacks anyone and we do not intend to occupy others land. Our heritage is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam meaning the whole world is one. We never fire first but in retaliation we never count bullets after pulling the trigger.”

Appreciating the BSF’s role at the border, Singh said that the forces are protecting the country’s borders like the farmers are guarding the fields.

Singh assured the BSF personnel that the government will improve border infrastructure. He said damaged fencing will be repaired and floodlighting and a parallel road along the border fencing will also be completed to facilitate effective patrolling.

He also said the home ministry will address the shortage of bullet proof jackets and also consider procuring lighter jackets.

The home minister expressed concern over shortage of drinking water facility at some of the outposts and said the government will consider providing piped water to all border outposts.

The BSF proposal for constructing safety walls and bunds on the periphery of the Battalion headquarters and outposts will be examined by the government, he said.

He said mobile connectivity will be improved with the sanction of more mobile towers close to the border and more satellite phones will also be provided at the border outposts.

Singh was accompanied by minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju, state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria and Barmer MP Colonel Sonaram.

Singh had visited Murar and adjoining border outposts in Jaisalmer district and interacted with the BSF jawans on Friday.


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