The Border Security Force (BSF) Saturday detected a 20-feet long underground tunnel originating from the Pakistani side of the international border (IB) in Samba sector of Jammu.
A BSF spokesperson said approximately 20 feet long and three-four feet wide tunnel was detected inside the Indian territory near the IB at Samba’s Basantar area.
“Pakistan made sandbags with Shakargarh/Karachi written were also found at the mouth of the tunnel to hide it. The opening of the tunnel is around 170 Mtrs from IB towards the Indian side in the field of a local farmer,” he said.
Sources told DH as the infiltration along the IB and Line of Control (LoC) has become difficult due to strict vigil by the security forces, Pakistani spy agency ISI wants to explore the possibility of infiltrating ultras and weapons through secret tunnels.
In the wake of the detection of a secret tunnel in the forward area, they said, security units along the IB and the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir have been asked to keep a strict vigil on any digging in the border areas.
“Army and BSF units have been asked to launch a spot investigation to find out if more such tunnels exist anywhere,” sources added.
A BSF officer said its troops foiled nefarious design of Pakistan to infiltrate militants into Indian territory with the detection of the tunnel. “Efforts of alert BSF troops deployed in our counter-infiltration grid once again resulted in neutralizing the evil designs of terrorists,” he said and added patrol detected the tunnel 50 metres from the border fence on the Indian side.
The officer said that influenced by the success of Hamas militants, who cleverly use tunnels against Israel Defence Forces, the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfits in Pakistan are being trained by Pakistani Army experts in such technology.