March 4: Pakistan’s bid to explore new infiltration routes were foiled when Border Security Force (BSF) discovered an underground tunnel originating from the other side of the International Border (IB) in RS Pora sector of Jammu division.
The 30-metre-long tunnel with a diameter of 3 metre was detected at Allah Maie Kothay area when a BSF party found a suspicious cavity during routine patrol
BSF troops immediately informed their commanders who rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. A detailed examination of the tunnel was conducted by the expert team to unravel the mystery.
Preliminary investigations reveal that the tunnel was drilled with a specific aim to send in infiltrators. However, its opening on the Indian soil was yet to be dug-over.
“There was an attempt to send in militants to Jammu to launch terror attacks. Timely detection of the tunnel has averted major tragedy. Since our troops are alert and the infiltrators are finding it difficult to cross in, therefore they had drilled a tunnel to sneak into this side of IB,” said a BSF officer.
BSF has taken up the issue with Pakistan Rangers and lodged a strong protest for drilling tunnel on the IB. “We will again raise this issue with Pakistan during sector commanders meeting. Plus MHA too has been informed about the tunnel. Centre too will raise this issue with Pakistan through diplomatic channels since it is a very sensitive matter and involves security of the nation”, said an officer.
Earlier in 2012, Border Security Force (BSF) had discovered a 400 meter long and 25 feet deep underground tunnel originating from the Pakistani side on the Indo-Pak international border in Samba sector of Jammu division.