The operation to pin down the mouth of the secret tunnel from Pakistan into Indian territory — discovered along the international border in Samba district on Saturday — is in full swing.
The police have cordoned off a 1 sq km area where digging is on, 150 police personnel have been deployed at the spot.
The tunnel, which could have enabled infiltrators to crawl 300 m into the Indian territory, was accidentally discovered by a farmer after parts of it caved in. The man saw the cave-ins, which ran along a straight line, on his fields near the Chachwal border outpost of the BSF. Across the Chachwal outpost lies Pakistan’s Lambrayl post.
It was found that the three-feet high tunnel was equipped with plastic pipes for oxygen supply. "We have not raised the issue with our counterparts, the Pakistan Rangers, so far. Let the operation be over," said senior BSF officer.
A special BSF team from Delhi is expected to visit the spot on Monday. The team is expected to find out how the tunnel was dug, how much time it took and whether it was used to push infiltrators into India.
On Sunday, Dilbagh Singh, inspector general of police, Jammu, and Israr Khan, special superintendent of police, Samba, visited the spot.
"This was a new mode of infiltration since the militants were unable to infiltrate into India by cutting the border fencing," DIG Jammu Frontiers NS Jamwal told reporters. "The tunnel was part of a very deliberate attempt, executed through proper planning, including the use of oxygen."
"The Pakistanis must be facing a lot of pressure from militants to infiltrate them to this side," said Khan.
With inputs from PTI