Two of our BSF men were sniped down by the Pakistani snipers in Akhnoor, Jammu and Kashmir, during the early days of June. Due to this, the CSWT has decided to increase fold its BSF snipers trainees who will gun down the Pakistani Rangers at the International border of J&K.
BSF men are being targeted by the Pakistani snipers in the region of Machhal, Uri, Tangdhar, Poonch, Bhimber Gali, Rampur, Krishna Valley by the ISI and the Pakistani army. There are said to have around 150 Paki snipers at the LOC. These snipers deployed by the Paki army and the ISI are said to belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen and are paid between 50k to 100k Pakistani rupees, intel sources say.
The Pakis are said to use the Dragunov SVD-63 which was created by the Soviet Union, meanwhile BSF marksmen are given the SSG 69 bolt action sniper rifle, currently being used by the Austrian Army.
The BSF sniper trainees are undergoing an 8-week course which will help them develop their fighting skills, mental capabilities and their physical and tolerance activities too. 60 BSF snipers are said to be deployed at the LOC and infiltrate any Paki marksmen who try to cross the border.
The intense training is said to involve going empty stomach for a long stretch of 72 hours at a particular position in a temp of -40 or 40+ degrees Celcius. The best of 100 trainees make it of this explicit training. They are being made to adapt the harsh situations, and truly being made the killing machines.
Inspector General RC Dhyani, who heads CSWT, told India Today that “whether it is border management or counterinsurgency, our snipers are capable of handling anything; they can tackle any challenge”. CSWT has “state-of-the-art sniper rifles and the BSF personnel undergo rigorous training and learn new techniques”.