Tunnel could vitiate bilateral relation: DG BSF
A day after India allowed Pakistan to make FDI, Director General Border Security Force UK Bansal said that it is an act of digging tunnel right beneath the border fence which goes against the spirit of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and reflects the underlying intentions across the border.india Updated: Aug 02, 2012 19:00 IST
A day after India allowed Pakistan to make FDI, Director General Border Security Force UK Bansal said that it is an act of digging tunnel right beneath the border fence which goes against the spirit of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and reflects the underlying intentions across the border.
Director General Border Security Force (BSF) told the media on Thursday after visiting Chachwal border-out-post (BoP), 70-km from Jammu in Samba sector, where 300-mt long tunnel was detected on July 27.
Pakistan welcoming the Indian decision on Thursday said that it will help in normalization of bilateral decision.
"This act goes against the spirit of CBMs. In the long run an such attempt will vitiate the atmosphere….it will not help efforts for normalizing bilateral relations," said DG BSF.
He added that the act of digging tunnel is a 'serious' act and BSF has been aware of the underlying intentions across the border.
Even after a week the BSF, which has now sought help of Army, hasn't been able to pin down the mouth of the tunnel. It's now contemplating to approach Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to help it in indentifying possibilities of more such tunnel.
Without naming Pakistan a standard policy mastered by former home minister P Chidambaram and now followed by officials, Bansal said: "Can't say who is behind it.. don't want to draw premature conclusion who is behind it… but this act has been carried out when attempts to breach border fence was proving futile."
He said digging tunnel is an age old warfare tactic and no agency across the world has the technology to pre-empt this move.
"Globally there is no such technology which can detect tunnel.. we have made requisition to agencies which have expertise in it and have sought their help in detecting possibilities of more such tunnels." Said DG BSF.
The tunnel measuring three feet in width and breadth of same proportion was dug in 25-feet deep. It was detected by a local after his field had caved in. The BSF had also recovered a plastic pipe which could have been used for providing oxygen.
The tunnel could have been dug in to facilitate infiltrators. However, it could not be said with certain that it was operational as its mouth has still not been pin down.