Security officers standing near the tunnel
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Jammu, Jan 13: A 150-metre tun-n e 1 constructed along the International Border (1B) to facil-itate infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan was detected by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district Wednesday officials said.
This is the third tunnel unearthed by alert border guards along the TB in the twin districts of Samba and Kathua in Jammu region over the past six months and ninth in the past decade.
“A nearly 150-metre-long tunnel was detected by a BSF patrol party during an anti-tunnelling opera-tion hi Bobiyaan village of Hirnagar sector this morning,” Inspector General of BSF, Jammu frontier, N S Jamwal told reporters at the scene. He along with other senior officers rushed to Bobiyaan soon after the detection of the tunnel.
“The opposite of this side is Pakistan’s Shakergarh which is notorious for having launch pads and bases of terrorists. We have in-puts available with us as a result of that we are sensitive to whateve: is happening here,
” the BSF office: said, assuring that all necessary measures are in place to counte Pakistani designs. He saic sand bags with Pakistani mark ings are evidence of the hand o Pakistani establishment in the con struction of this tunnel,
which i identical to the previously detectec tunnels having a depth of 25 to 31 metre with two to three feet di ametec Asked whether this tun nel was recently dug or ifs an oh one, the BSF officer said it is a mal ter of investigation. However he said some of the sand bags re covered from the tunnel have 201E 17 year of manufacture which sug gest that it is an old tunnel
“W were searching for this tunnel fo: a long time and its detection wa the effort of the anti-tunnelling operation which is underway al along the IB. Whether any hill] tration had taken place througi this tunnel in the past can be saic after completion of our investiga Lion,” he said. Jamwal, however said the BSF is sure that no hifil tration had taken place througi this tunnel in the recent past.