India

Rajnath launches SSB’s new intelligence unit

NEW DELHI: Inaugurating a new intelligence wing in the Sashastra Seema Bal home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that anti-national elements are trying to foment tension in the society by posting unverified information on social media, while asking the jawans to not believe such information.
The intelligence wing will have 650 men who will gather intelligence on terrorists, illegal immigrants, drugs/fake currency/wildlife smugglers etc on Nepal and Bhutan borders. Earlier, the border guarding force had to depend on IB reports for intelligence about terrorists’ movements and smugglers. Due to the visa-free regime India has with Nepal and Bhutan, there is trans-border movement of criminals which poses a major challenge, a home ministry official said. As many as 230 former Kashmiri militants, based in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, have returned home through the Indo-Nepal border since 2010. The Indo-Bhutan border is known to be frequented by the Assam-based insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which has even attacked Bhutanese nationals in the past.