Ahir said this while addressing a conference on homeland security, organised by business chamber ASSOCHAM.
“It is not only China or Pakistan but Bangladesh poses an equally bigger challenge to our national security, I know it because I get to see that closely,” Ahir was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the ASSOCHAM.
“Bangladesh was only a so-called friend because evidently it had caused India the most harm through illegal intrusion,” Ahir added.
Referring to the recent incursion bids made by China, he said, “China today is not a very close friend of ours, it has always raised problems for the country. And be it China, Myanmar, Bangladesh or terrorists coming into India through Pakistan, we…will promote the usage of various modern technologies to curb intrusion.”
Ahir said the government had deployed modern technologies and equipment to keep a check on intrusion in Kashmir and were using the same on other fronts – be it in dealing with Naxalites, growing issues of youth radicalisation in Kerala, security of the railways, airports and other such places.
The minister said the government would work in tandem with the private industry to deal with all homeland security- related threats and challenges faced by the country, the ASSOCHAM release stated.
(With inputs from PTI)