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Cross-border tunnel dug up to infiltrate terrorists: Army

HT Correspondent/PTI  Jammu, September 02, 2014
First Published: 19:08 IST(2/9/2014) | Last Updated: 19:13 IST(2/9/2014)

A 150 metres long tunnel, which was discovered on August 22 near a forward post along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu region's Pallanwala sector, where a jawan had died on July 22 in an encounter with a group of infiltrators, who had sneaked in about 700-meters inside the Indian territory, was apparently aimed at infiltrating terrorists, defence spokesperson said here on Tuesday.

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"Having failed to infiltrate terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu division, there was an attempt to construct a tunnel across the LoC to facilitate infiltration," he said.

"The tunnel originating from Pakistan side, is approximately 130 to 150 meters in length on own side of the LoC, 20 feet below the ground level and four feet high," spokesman said.

A senior army officer at Udhampur-based Northern Command headquarters said, "I feel the tunnel has been dug up with origin from Pakistan with a design probably to push in terrorists and carry out smuggling of weapons and drugs and narcotic substances to keep the pot of militants boiling."

"However, we have not got any evidence in this regard so far," he added.

The army noticed a depression in the ground due to heavy rains in the region and after investigating the same with ground penetrating radar and other equipment, discovered the tunnel, he said.

The defence spokesman said it appeared to be an incomplete tunnel as no exit has been found on the Indian side. As per the officials, the army troops had detected a tunnel in the same area in 2008 also and 300-meter long tunnel in Samba district in June 27, 2012.

"The tunnel, which seemed to be freshly constructed, had air supply through a 2-inch pipe," he said, adding, "we are looking into all aspects.

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