Shillong, Dec 1:The BSF has seized smuggled items worth over Rs 25 crore in the past one year.
This was informed by IG, BSF Meghalaya frontier Inderjit Singh Rana on the occasion of 58th raising day of the Force, on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference at Umpling , Rana said during the year, the BSF seized smuggled goods of more than Rs 25 crore which include cattle, drug & narcotics, gold and other items.
In addition, 123 miscreants were apprehended including 61 Indians, 32 Bangladeshis and 30 Rohingyas. He said the troops of BSF Meghalaya left no stone unturned to make the border safe and tranquil.
He said the Frontier is dominating the 444 km stretch of International Border with Bangladesh and undertaking various confidence building measures and public outreach programmes to cement the relationship with border population of Meghalaya.
The BSF, known as the sentinels of the border, was raised on December 1, 1965 by Padma Vibhushan K F Rustam after the Indo-Pak war when the need for specialised and specific force to guard the borders was felt.
The BSF guards 2725 kms on Western Frontier and 4096 kms on Eastern Frontier of India. In addition, it also serves the nation on line of control, counter insurgency, anti-naxal operations and others.
Initiating with 25 battalions, the BSF currently has 193 battalions.
Rana said the Force has grown not only in volumes but also in its capabilities as one can see air wing, water wing, artillery bolstering the Force in all the facets of national security.