BSF discovers 150- m cross-border tunnel in J&K.
This is the third tunnel discovered along the IB in the twin districts of Samba and Kathua in the Jammu area over the previous 6 months.
A 150- metre tunnel constructed along the International Border (IB) to help with the seepage of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan was found by Border Security Force (BSF) workers in the Hiranagar sector of Kathua district on Wednesday, officials said. This is the 3rd tunnel discovered by alert border guards along the IB in the twin districts of Samba and Kathua in the Jammu region over the previous six months, and the ninth tunnel in the past decade.
” An almost 150- metre-long tunnel was spotted by a BSF patrol celebration during an anti-tunnelling operation in Bobiyaan town of Hirnagar sector this [Wednesday] early morning,” Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier, N. S. Jamwal, informed press reporters at the scene. He, in addition to other senior officers, hurried to Bobiyaan not long 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 inputs available with us, as a result of that, we are sensitive to whatever is taking place here,” the BSF officer said, guaranteeing that all needed procedures remained in place to counter Pakistani styles.
He stated sand bags with Pakistani markings were proof of the hand of the Pakistani facility in the building of this tunnel, which corresponded the formerly detected tunnels having a depth of 25 to 30 metre, with 2 to 3 feet size. Asked whether this tunnel was just recently dug or it was an old one, the BSF officer said this referred investigation. However, he said that some of the sand bags recovered from the tunnel had 2016-17 as the year of manufacture, which recommended that it was an old tunnel.
” We were looking for this tunnel for a very long time and its detection was the effort of the anti-tunnelling operation, which is underway all along the IB. Whether any seepage had actually occurred through this tunnel in the past can be said after completion of our examination,” he said. Mr. Jamwal, however, stated the BSF made sure that no seepage had happened through this tunnel in the current past. “We are carrying out some development works here and have actually strengthened the security in view of the anti-tunnelling drive,” he said.
Referring to the killing of 2 Pakistani infiltrators in the Surankote location of Poonch district and an encounter in Srinagar last month, the IG said Pakistan was always trying to find a chance to press terrorists into Jammu Kashmir, whether it was through the Line of Control (LoC) or IB.
” They are continuing with the attempts but we are totally alert to the scenario. Our alertness resulted in the detection of underground tunnels and shooting down of a Hexa-copter loaded with a big cache of arms and ammunition,” he stated, adding that the border defense grid consisting of the Army, the BSF and the cops were working collectively to scuttle Pakistan’s attempts to press terrorists and weapons into this side. Last year, the BSF had identified two such tunnels in the Samba district on August 28 and November 22, following successful seepage by 2 groups of terrorists who were subsequently neutralised in different encounters along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, while they were en path to Kashmir in trucks.
While 3 Pakistani terrorists associated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were removed in a gunfight in Nagrota area near Jammu after they were intercepted aboard a Kashmir-bound truck in January 2020, another group of Pakistani terrorists equipped with weapons and a big quantity of grenades were killed at the exact same area on November 19,2020 Examinations recommended both the groups penetrated into this side through underground tunnels.
On The Other Hand, Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire by turning to unprovoked firing on forward posts and towns in the Border Outpost location of Gurnam in Hiranagar sector, the authorities stated.
The firing from throughout the border started around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, prompting strong and efficient retaliation by the BSF, they said, including that the cross-border firing in between the 2 sides continued till 2.25 a.m. on Wednesday however there was no report of any damage on the Indian side.
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