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Cross-border infiltration: BSF to scan border for more tunnels

india Updated: Dec 02, 2016 18:06 IST
Cross-border infiltration

An Indian army soldier patrols near the line of control, after a reported cease-fire violation, in Mendhar, Poonch district, about 210 kilometers from Jammu.(AP File Photo)

Following militant infiltration into India through a 70- feet long tunnel along the International Border (IB) in Samba district, the Border Security Force (BSF) has decided to scan the borderline to detect more such tunnels.

The BSF does not want to give any chance to the militants to engineer infiltration in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts in Jammu frontier, a senior BSF officer said.

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Apart from manual and mobile patrolling and three-tier fencing, the BSF is keeping a hawk’s eye on the movement along the IB.

Playing down the detection of tunnel in Chamliyal-Ramgarh sector in Samba after gunning down of three terrorists, the BSF on Thursday said it was mere a “rat hole tunnel” used only once by the terrorists.

“Militants had come out to this side via a tunnel on the intervening night of November 28 and 29 in Chamliyal area. The operation was conducted there. Details have been shared with you (media),” inspector general of BSF, Jammu Frontier, DK Upadhayaya had said.

Ahead of the press conference, the BSF had played a video to show the tunnel and route taken by the terrorists, who came from Pakistan.

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“We have given you the full details of the tunnel.There were various reports coming in the media about the tunnel and old profile pictures of some tunnels were shown which were totally different in shape and size,” Upadhayaya had said. “As per the pictures shown to you, it is a rat hole tunnel and it is generally used one time, which opens up in a plain area.The area was ploughed two to three days ago. The BSF and farmers were keeping a watch over the area.”