War saga of Gujarat – Kutch border more dangerous than Kashmir

Gandhinagar, 23 April 2023

On 22 April 2023, BSF exchanged sweets and greetings with Pak Rangers and Pak Marines on the India-Pakistan International Border at Barmer in Gujarat and Rajasthan on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Sweets are exchanged at Munabao, Gadra, Kelnor, Somrar in Barmer district and Banaskantha and Kutch districts of Gujarat as well as at Sircreek along the international border.

Exchange of such sweets and greetings on festivals of national importance enhances mutual harmony, brotherhood and also plays a vital role in maintaining friendly and peaceful atmosphere between the two Border Guarding Forces.

On 26 January 2023 BSF exchanged sweets and greetings with Pak Rangers at International Border in Gujarat and Barmer district of Rajasthan. Exchange of sweets and greetings took place between BSF and Pak Rangers at Munabao, Gadra, Kelnor, Somrar and Varanahar in Rajasthan’s Barmer district along the international borders in Kutch and Banaskantha districts of Gujarat. Exchange of sweets and greetings on national festivals is guarding the border. The armies of India and Pakistan are part of the confidence building measures.

On 15 August 2022, on the auspicious occasion of India’s 76th Independence Day, the Border Security Force distributed sweets to Pakistani Rangers at the International Border of Gujarat and Barmer district of Rajasthan. Therefore, on this occasion, the security forces of both the border corps congratulated each other. The border guards, who guard the country round the clock, also celebrated with the neighboring country. As per a long-standing tradition, Indian Border Security Force personnel exchanged sweets with Pakistani soldiers. Sweets and greetings were exchanged between BSF Gujarat Frontier and Pakistani Rangers at the international borders in Bhuj and Banaskantha districts of Gujarat. In addition, Gujarat Frontier conducted ICPs at Munabao, Gadra, Kelnor, Somrar and Varnahar in Barmer district of Rajasthan. On August 14, when Pakistan was celebrating its Independence Day, the Indian soldiers also congratulated the Pakistani soldiers by feeding them sweets.

Kutch border
On 10 July 2022, the BSF exchanged sweets with the Pakistani Rangers at the Kutch border in Gujarat. On the occasion of Bakrid, BSF Gujarat Frontier congratulated Pakistani Rangers by feeding them sweets.

Gujarat Frontier celebrated Bakrid by exchanging sweets from India-Pakistan International Sahadar in Kutch, Gujarat and Barmer district, Rajasthan.
Sweets were exchanged at Gadra, Varnahar, Kelnor and Somar. Such events play a vital role in maintaining friendly atmosphere and peaceful atmosphere on the border between BSF and Pakistan Rangers. BSF jawans cannot celebrate festivals with family.

Heroin worth Rs 35 crore was recovered from Gadra Road
On 7 February 2022, Border Security Force Gujarat Frontier seized 14 kg 740 grams of heroin worth Rs 35 crore near India-Pakistan International Border in Barmer. A huge quantity of narcotics has been recovered from Mata Ki Talai near Panchla village of Gadra Road police station area. The Gujarat Frontier is an 826 km long international border with Rajasthan and Barmer district of Gujarat. Which covers 85 km coastal area of Gujarat.

Six packets of heroin worth Rs 15 crore were dropped by Pakistan on the Indian side of the border at Raisinghnagar, Sriganganagar in Rajasthan. The smugglers who came to take his delivery from the car opened fire on the BSF jawans. Two smugglers were caught from the spot. The rest of the smugglers fled from the spot along with the vehicle.

Last year, more than 14 kg of heroin was seized. Heroin was hidden in the bushes

Cases of heroin smuggling along the India-Pakistan border have been on the rise for a long time. BSF has seized heroin several times from the border areas. Smugglers have also been caught several times. Local smugglers of this area have met Pakistani smugglers across the border. Local smugglers supply heroin to Punjab which reaches the Indian border through drones. drone smuggling

On 1 November 2022, a Pakistani balloon was recovered from Khajuwala area of Bikaner. A balloon with Pakistan written on it was found in farmer Raju Manju’s field. Pakistan was written in capital letters on the balloon. The police have seized the balloon. When the balloon was examined by the Dantor police station, no GPS or other equipment was found in it.

whatsapp call
Earlier also suspicious goods from across the border used to enter the Indian border. Sometimes the local people also receive suspicious WhatsApp calls from Pakistan.

In 2013, Pakistan canceled the leave of its rangers and increased the number of rangers at border posts. Rangers from Punjab and other places were posted at the posts along the borders of Gujarat and Rajasthan. On the other hand, in view of the increasing action of Pakistan, BSF has started operation alert on the border from yesterday itself.
The Indian BFF has launched Operation Alert on the western border. For this, the soldiers sitting in the battalion headquarters have been sent to the BOP to fill the clothes. Infantry, camels and vehicles were deployed as part of the operation.

Considering the boundaries of Banaskantha district, this district is strategically located.

It’s Ruri. Since it is a border district of the state of Gujarat, its issues will be important and urgent from the military point of view

shoot the intruder
A man was also seen crossing the international border near the Kutch border late last night after crossing the wire fence at the Gujarat-Rajasthan border. In the first incident of infiltration attempt on 8 August 2020, BSF personnel also killed a Pakistani infiltrator. The miscreant ran away and hid behind a tree. There was upheaval from the Pakistan side. BSF also sought information about the infiltrator from Pakistan.

love beyond borders
India’s Gujarat and Rajasthan are connected to Pakistan’s Sindh province. The border of both the countries has been sealed. Recently in 2021 and 2022 several incidents of border crossing have come to the fore.

Mohammad Ahmar, a 21-year-old resident of Bahawalpur city of Pakistan, tried to cross the India-Pakistan border illegally in 2022 to meet his ‘girlfriend’ living in Mumbai.

Alauddin, 30, a resident of Bahawalpur, also crossed the border at Sriganganagar, but nothing suspicious was found during questioning.

In August-2021, a young man from Tharparkar in Sindh left home after a quarrel with his family and entered Kutch district of Gujarat state.

In April-2021, an 8-year-old child accidentally crossed the international border in Barmer area.

Similarly, cases of Indians crossing the border to reach Pakistan are also coming to the fore.

In November-2020, a person from Barmer in Rajasthan crossed the border and entered Sindh in Pakistan. When she was entering her lover’s house, her lover’s family saw her and she was caught.

In July-2020, a man living in Osmanabad, Maharashtra tried to cross the Kutch border to meet a girl from Karachi. The two met online and fell in love. So he was in a hurry to cross the border to meet the girl. After riding a motorcycle for 1,000 km, he reached Kutch district, where he fainted due to lack of water. People believe that there is a tomb of Laila-Majnu in Anupgarh where Ahmar crossed the border. Once upon a time, believers from both sides used to come here to pray for the success of their love.

operation alert
On 22 January 2023, ‘Operation Alert’ was launched on the India-Pakistan border to thwart any nefarious designs of anti-national elements in the desert of Kutch and Barmer border of Rajasthan. The ‘Operation Alert’ exercise began on 21 January and went on till 28 January.

Bastard Nalu
Special operations were carried out in remote areas as well as in creeks and Harami canals. The Harami Nala, located in the Kutch region of Gujarat, is a 22 km long sea channel between India and Pakistan. The 96 km long disputed border lies between the two countries in the Sir Creek area. Such a long canal is a paradise for intruders and smugglers. This is why it has fallen into disrepute. The water level here keeps on changing according to the tide and the season. That’s why it is also considered dangerous.

Kutch sensitive border
Kutch got its name because of its tortoise-like shape or barren land.
The India-Pakistan border along Kutch in Gujarat is sensitive, as several Pakistani nationals have been caught with their boats in the past after entering Indian waters for fishing. According to official data, BSF had arrested 22 Pakistani fishermen from this area of Gujarat in 2022. According to which BSF has seized 79 fishing boats and heroin worth Rs 250 crore and charas worth Rs 2.49 crore.

There is a cultural synergy between Kutch in India and Sindh province of Pakistan. Even today many families are socially connected with the roti-beti tradition, so the border of Kutch should be opened. The shrines of the Maheshwari community living in Kutch are located in Sindh province. The ferryboat for Karachi should start from Kandla-Mundra.

China on Kutch border
On 1 April 2023, two coal-fired power plants were inaugurated at Tharparkar, a Chinese partnership in Sindh. China is working on several projects near the Kutch border as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. It has coal mine and power plant.
1,320 MW Thar Coal Block-I and Thal Nova 330 MW Block-I. The Pakistani Prime Minister said at the event that the successful completion of these projects is a testimony to the strong partnership between China and Pakistan. We are proud of this achievement.

10 boats entered
On 7 July 2022, an ambush team of BSF Bhuj intercepted 4 Pakistani fishermen along with 10 fishing boats entering India from Harami Nala area on Kutch border. No suspicious items were found in the boat between BP No. 1165 and 1166 at the border.

led light
After being installed in Rajasthan in 2017-18, the sodium floodlights on the Gujarat border will be replaced by LEDs in 2021. It was decided to light the lamp.

11,800 sodium lights were installed on 2,970 poles in 508 km of Kutch desert area of Gujarat. There are four lights on each pillar. A pole consumes 12 units of electricity in a night.

There is a land border of 3323 km between Pakistan and India. In which most part of India was encircled, India installed floodlights in the length of 2009 km to keep vigil at night. In which the work of replacing flood lights in Punjab, Rajasthan has been completed.

Kutch War Memorial
Applications In 1965,

Pakistan claims Chadbet on Kutch and parts of the Kutch desert. Balwantrai Mehta, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, was inspecting the border area by plane when the plane crashed and he died near Suthari. The tribunal decided to settle the boundary dispute. As per the decision of the tribunal consisting of judges from Sweden, Yugoslavia and Iran on 19-2-68, 10 percent of the desert of Kutch including Chadbet was allotted to Pakistan. During the 1971 war, the Kutch front was largely quiet.

The BSF War Memorial near the Indo-Pak International Border, beyond Khavda village in Kutch, is a place that is open to tourists.
The international border has also become a tourist destination through the Seema Darshan program started at Nadabet in Banaskantha to develop border tourism in Gujarat. However, this border tourism has developed in Kutch over the years and its main attraction is the BSF War Memorial near Dharamshala in Kutch.

Amidst this desolate wasteland called No Man’s Land, there is a memorial to the brave soldiers of the Border Security Force who lost their lives in the 1971 war.

Operation Desert Hawk was launched by Pakistan in 1965. The Pakistani army attacked the Central Reserve Police Force and the Gujarat State Police Force guarding Sardar Post and Tak Post at 3.30 am on 9 April. A small force of CRPF held off the Pakistani army for 12 hours and killed 34 Pakistani soldiers. Four were captured alive. 8 CRPF soldiers were martyred in this war. 19 were arrested by the Pakistan Army. Pakistan’s Kalibet, Wingi, Paneli, Jatlai, Jaleli and Wingore border posts were also captured by the BSF during 5 and 6 December.
After the war, the Border Security Force was created on 1 December 1965, which is the first line of defense for India’s borders 24 hours a day.

After capturing BOP, BSF captured Nagarparkar and Veerwah cities of Pakistan. India also established an administrative structure in the occupied Pakistani territory, with V.K. Duggal became the collector there. Vijay Singh Ghuman became the Superintendent of Police there.

Nagarparkar was made the administrative headquarters from December 1971 to August 1972 with 1038 km². km. Pakistani territory remained under Indian occupation. After the Shimla Agreement, the Indian army and administration returned from there.

A war memorial was built near Dharamshala in 2013 by the Gujarat government to commemorate this battle written in golden letters in the history of India and to immortalize the valor of the Border Security Force personnel.

To reach this war memorial of BSF, one has to go to India Bridge from Khavda village of Bhuj taluk. India Bridge is the final destination for the public. But tourists who want to visit this war memorial can reach this war memorial situated in the heart of Dharamshala by taking written permission from Sector Headquarters of BSF and crossing the India Bridge.

Written application has to be submitted to BSF Sector Headquarters located at Kodki Road, Bhuj before seven days. The permit is issued after verification by BSF in two to three days.

Every year during Rann Utsav, 80% of the tourists opt for an alternative package tour of Pak border in the desert of Kutch bypassing Narayan Sarovar, Mandvi, Lakhpat and other tourist places.

It was to be completed by September 2012 at a cost of 75 lakhs. The memorial bears the names of soldiers killed during the 1971 war. There will be an exhibition of weapons used in the 1971 war and a place to visit at the Vighokot border. A large number of permits are issued during the annual Rann Utsav in December. A few thousand visitors go to the range.

memorial to the dead
On 8 December 1971, a memorial to Madhapar’s Veerangana, who built an airstrip overnight at Bhuj Air Force Base, was built at a cost of Rs 50 lakh. Navawas Sarpanch Arjan Bhudia and Jayant Madhaparia, who have been living continuously for 7 years, tried for the memorial.
In the darkness of the night of 8 December, Pakistani fighter jets carried out 8 bomb blasts. The entire airstrip was demolished. Pakistan was continuously doing airstrikes. But the Indian aircraft failed to take off. The local men and women of Madhapur took the lead risking their lives for 72 hours to rebuild the airstrip amid airstrikes. Pakistan was demoralized by the bombs of Indian planes. Not only Bhuj is a unique example of patriotism, the country’s army always remembers it.

In the 2001 earthquake, not only that army airport but the entire army camp was destroyed. The 1971 war took place when Indira Gandhi separated Bangladesh from Pakistan. Pakistan was supported by America. Some war heroes still live in Madhapar. After the war of 1971, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi honored him and also gave him a prize of 50 thousand rupees. 70 were honored at the memorial.

Out of 322 women who made runways, 47 heroines are still alive today. Most of their women live in Maghapar. The women of Kutch who participated in India’s glorious victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war have etched their names in the history of the country.

the whole thing
Valbai Sedhani was one of the enterprising women. At that time she felt herself like a soldier. On December 9, 1971, an information was received that they were bombed. At that time these women trained in the army.

While climbing A, he did not even think about the safety of his family. They were out to repair the X-Street bus.

Left home determined to help the Air Force. The then District Magistrate honored these 322 brave women. When the sarpanch of the village Jadhavji Hirani came forward and asked these women to help the Air Force, all the women supported him expressing happiness.

Karnik was in charge of Bhuj airport during the war. Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik has also played an important role in encouraging these women.

The women, along with 50 IAF and 60 Defense Security Corps personnel and two other senior officers, ensured that the airstrip remained operational despite the blast damage.

Squadron Leader Karnik said, “We were fighting a war. If even one of these women had been injured during this fight, our efforts would have suffered greatly. Where does he have to take refuge in case of attack? All the women bravely followed all the instructions.”

It was indeed a difficult task to repair the fallen airstrip. Because the lives of all the citizens were in danger. Everyone had started work as per the instructions of the officials. But whenever there was information about the arrival of Pakistan’s bomber aircraft in this direction, everyone was alerted by playing sirens.
Everyone immediately ran and hid in the bushes. We were asked to wear light green sarees. So that one can easily hide in the bushes. A short siren signaled that work was to be resumed. They worked hard from dawn to dusk, so that they could make the most of the daylight hours.

Veeru Lachhani, an entrepreneur who repaired the airstrip, said, “We were asked to cover the airstrip with cow dung to attack enemy aircraft. At work, we used to run towards the bunkers when the siren rang. During the strike, we had to work in the bunker with dry fruits and chillies.”

Had to sleep hungry on the first day as there was no food. The next day fruits and sweets were sent from the neighboring temple. It also helped to work on the third day.

On the fourth day at 4 pm, a fighter plane took off from the airstrip. It was a matter of pride for the women. His hard work paid off.

Valbai’s son was only 18 months old. They left the son with his neighbors.

All pilots looked after women. Patriot Heruben Bhudia says, “The airstrip at the battlefield was in need of repair. But they trusted us because of the labor shortage. We worked hard and helped the pilot fly again in just 72 hours. Even today, if needed, we are ready to help the army.”

In 1971, although India was poorly armed and equipped and had limited war equipment, our brave army defeated Pakistan and separated Bangladesh from Pakistan.
Kutch was an important center in this war. The distance between Kutch and Karachi is very short, so Pakistan repeatedly attacked Kutch and dropped 95 to 100 bombs.

Bhuj airport was completely paralyzed by the attacks. Large holes fell on the runway. Pakistanis knew that Pakistan would be safe as long as Karachi was safe. Therefore, India’s military air base near Karachi was destroyed.

Kutch Collector Gopal Swamy and Squadron Leader Karnik sought help from the sarpanch and leaders of Madhapar village near Bhuj. As little as it is for men to fight, women have taken pride of place on the battlefield. The women of Bhuj also had an important contribution in helping us win the Indian war.

The Ajay Devgn film is based on the real-life story of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik of the Indian Air Force.

The Air Force team tried to find contractors and laborers to help rebuild it. However, it turned out that they had all fled. Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik decided to approach the women of a nearby village for help.

A portion of the runway was coated with cow dung. Everyone wore green saris to hide themselves.

The women tore down their houses and used the materials to build an airstrip.

Once the airstrip was built, it was again bombed by Pakistan and the airstrip was destroyed. Had to rebuild. Women were not construction workers. Neither Vijay Karnik, nor his team, nor these women.

India won the war and these Patidar women were engrossed in their own world. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s eyes became moist with joy after hearing the heroic story of these brave women of Kutch. He used to talk about these heroines in his lectures across the country.

Indira Gandhi honored these women at Bhuj in January 1972. A memorial was erected in 2015. The presence of some of these sisters at the 68th Republic Parade in 2027 attracted the nation’s attention.

Three years after the war, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked for gifts, all the women politely declined. The women said that whatever we did, we did for the country. A prize money of Rs 50,000 was also given to a community building in Madhapur.

Patidar women
Madhapar was named after Madha Kanji Solanki. He settled at Madhapar from Dhaneti in Halar region in 1473. The early Madhapar is now known as Old Vasa. From Kshatriya to Mistry, they started knowing each other. The development contributed significantly to the early construction of temples and kutch. People of Patel Kanbi community settled in 1576. Establishment of New Vas

Happened in 1857.

Numerous Patidars of Madhapar have earned name and fame by serving as doctors, engineers, building, running hotels, motels, old age homes in America, England, Africa etc. But the fragrance of their motherland is lingering in their hearts. That’s why money earned abroad is deposited in foreign banks. A small village named Madhapar has foreign deposits of more than Rs 2000 crore in banks. This is the reason why Madhapar has become the identity of Asia’s richest bank village. Patidars living abroad often spend large sums of money in India to boost the country’s economy. Most of the women repairing the runway were Patidars.

Madhapar with a population of 2000 citizens has very good facilities which are not available in any other village of Gujarat. There is also an office in London where the villagers have formed a club. In 1968, an organization called Madhapar Village Association was formed and its office was opened in London, so that all the people of Madhapar village living in America could meet each other on the pretext of some social program.

There are 17 banks in the village. Rs 2 thousand crore cash is also deposited in the banks. The people of Madhapar village earn money from abroad and then deposit that money in the village. A fixed deposit of Rs 200 crore has been made in the post office of the village. A fixed deposit of at least Rs 100 crore is kept in every bank in the village.

Almost every household has 2 people living abroad.

An office has also been opened in the village, which is directly connected to London. A week group is also observed through video conference. The main occupation of the people of the village is agriculture, agricultural labour, job and animal husbandry. Other vegetables like moong, sesame, bajri, jowar, alfalfa are cultivated. No farmer sells his farm.

From play school to inter college there is facility of education through Hindi and English medium. The village has its own shopping mall, which showcases major brands from around the world. There is also a lake. There is a children’s swimming pool. There is also a state-of-the-art Gaushala here. There is a wellness center with advanced facilities. There are temples of many deities here. There is an individual community hall. It is a grand gate.

Zakh and the Kuban of foreigners
Madhapar is popular as a religious pilgrimage centre. There is a Yaksha (Jakh) temple in the village. According to legend, many years ago, travelers from Arabia were traveling in the sea in a ship. The ship was wrecked after an accident near the Jakhow port in Kutch. 72 white, tall, tall tourists arrived safely at the Jakhou port.

From there he came to the Nakhatrana region of Kutch. The royal family of that region called Kakarbhat used to oppress the people in a tyrannical and cruel manner. Foreigners fought to save the people from oppression. The fight was heroic, but the people were freed from the yoke. So the people of Kutch started worshiping those foreigners as Pirs who gave freedom. As it landed on Jakhou, it became famous as Jak.

Bhuj kept repairing the runway remembering Jakhdev for three days.

no memory
Jethibai opposed the oppressive laws of the Portuguese. There is also a memorial of Viranga’s Jethibai’s birth place Mandvi in Diu, but her memory has been erased. The incident is of 15 August 1839.
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