Tunnel along Pak border in Jammu: BSF hits a dead end
There is a dead end to the 300-metre-long tunnel, which was discovered along the international border with Pakistan in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on June 28, the Border Security Force (BSF) said on Tuesday.Updated: Aug 08, 2012 22:50 IST
There is a dead end to the 300-metre-long tunnel, which was discovered along the international border with Pakistan in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on June 28, the Border Security Force (BSF) said on Tuesday.
The discovery of the BSF, however, is yet to be corroborated by the Geological Survey of India (GSI) team, which is also carrying out digging of the tunnel. "The dead end of the tunnel was found 20-metre ahead in a straight line from the point where it was detected. It didn't have any opening," BSF inspector general (IG) (officiating) NS Jamwal said.
He, however, said that it was yet to be ascertained if that was the dead-end of the tunnel. "The GSI will make the final call. Till it comes out with a statement, we cannot be sure if that is the last point of the tunnel," he said.
The BSF had been using excavators for the digging work. The GSI team, meanwhile, had sent an application requesting more sophisticated tools for digging the tunnel. The team had on Tuesday found three water bottles in the tunnel.
The tunnel, which could have enabled infiltrators to crawl 300 metres into Indian territory, was discovered by accident by a farmer after parts of it caved in following heavy rainfall. The man saw the cave-ins, which ran along a straight line, on his fields near the Chachwal border outpost of the BSF.
"Since the tunnel didn't have any opening it appears that Pakistan had either given up the plan or was buying time to further start operation, which requires meticulous planning and professionals," a BSF official said. India had last Sunday lodged protest with Pakistan over the detection of the tunnel.
First Published: Aug 08, 2012 22:44 IST