Tunnel incident against spirit of CBMs: BSF
A day after India allowed Pakistan to make foreign direct investment in all areas, BSF director general UK Bansal said the act of digging tunnel right beneath the border fence went against the spirit of the confidence building measures (CBMs) and reflected the underlying intentions across the border.Updated: Aug 02, 2012 22:00 IST
A day after India allowed Pakistan to make foreign direct investment in all areas, BSF director general UK Bansal said the act of digging tunnel right beneath the border fence went against the spirit of the confidence building measures (CBMs) and reflected the underlying intentions across the border.
The Border Security Force (BSF) director general said this in an interaction with the mediapersons on Thursday after visiting Chachwal border-out-post (BoP), 70-km from Jammu in Samba sector, where 300-m-long tunnel was detected on July 27.
Terming the incident serious, Bansal said: "In the long run, such an attempt will vitiate the atmosphere … it will not help efforts for normalising the bilateral relations," said Bansal.Even after a week, the BSF, which has now sought help of the army, hasn't been able to track down the mouth of the tunnel. It's now contemplating to approach the Indian Space Research Organisation (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 was an age old warfare tactic and no agency across the world had the technology to preempt 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 the director general.
The tunnel, measuring three feet in width and breadth of same proportion, was dug 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.
First Published: Aug 02, 2012 21:54 IST