BSF begins survey to spot suspect areas
The Border Security Force (BSF) has begun an exhaustive survey of vulnerable spots along the India-Pakistan border to detect any possible sign of a tunnel similar to the one recently unearthed in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district.chandigarh Updated: Aug 19, 2012 19:58 IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) has begun an exhaustive survey of vulnerable spots along the India-Pakistan border to detect any possible sign of a tunnel similar to the one recently unearthed in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district.
A team of BSF officials have been tasked to carry out the survey and report the findings to the force headquarters here.
"We are trying to identify all places along the border which can be vulnerable for any possible tunnelling-like activity or any other ways of infiltration and smuggling. The officers have been tasked for the job," BSF chief UK Bansal told PTI here.
The BSF director general (DG) said although no new tunnels had been found along the sensitive border since the Samba incident, the force was taking no chances to ensure that the frontiers remain "sacrosanct and secure".
Armed with the required gadgets, the BSF has asked its border formations to check for vulnerable spots along the border areas in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
The Samba tunnel, which was apparently dug for infiltration and smuggling, was detected on July 28 after an area caved in along the border fencing near the Chillayari border outpost (BoP) of the BSF along the International Border.
Bansal said the Geological Survey of India (GSI) had completed a survey of the tunnel and would submit a report in this regard soon.
The tunnel, at a depth of 25 ft, has been dug out between the two sides along the IB on India's Chillayari BoP and Pakistan's Lumberiyal BoP. It had air supply through a 2-inch pipe.