Today in New Delhi, India
May 22, 2019-Wednesday
New Delhi
  • Humidity
  • Wind

Nagrota attack: Army chief takes stock, militants may have used tunnel

Gen Suhag arrived in Nagrota in the afternoon and was briefed by the top commanders on the terror attack at an army artillery unit.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2016 08:05 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria and Rajesh Ahuja
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria and Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times
Nagrota army camp attack,Indian Army,Army Chief Gen Suhag
Soldiers patrol on the Jammu-Srinigar National Highway during a combing operation after a gun battle with armed militants at an army base at Nagrota, some 15 kms from Jammu on November 30, 2016. (AFP)

Army chief General Dalbir Singh visited the Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters on Wednesday and was briefed about the terror attack in which seven officers and jawans were killed.

The army chief spent around 25 minutes at the site of the encounter before heading back to Delhi. Earlier, he laid wreaths before the mortal remains of the seven soldiers at the technical airport in Jammu.

The Nagrota attack is considered the second biggest attack on an army cantonment after the Uri strike on September 18.

Read: Nagrota army camp attack: Officers’ wives show courage, avert hostage crisis

Meanwhile, the Border Security Force (BSF) detected a narrow tunnel in Chamliyal area of Jammu on Wednesday, which it suspects may have been used by Pakistani infiltrators who were killed by the force a day before.

The channel, which is extremely narrow and seems to be man-made, is the fourth tunnel detected in the Jammu area since 2012.

The BSF suspects the three heavily-armed infiltrators the force killed a day before may have crawled inside India using the tunnel to attack security installations in the area.

After the operation ended at the Chamliyal border outpost, the BSF started checking the fence in order to see where it was breached.

“Today (Wednesday) morning, we detected a small tunnel of the size of 2x2 metres. We had deployed ‘depth nakas’ across the fence and hence, we could detect and neutralise the three militants. The tunnel was found in a field where farming is done and has soft soil,” said BSF chief KK Sharma during the annual press conference of the force on the eve of its 51st Raising Day.

Sharma added that the tunnel was about 75-80 metres from the International Border and about 35-40 metres from the fence.

“We will take up the matter with our counterparts, the Pakistani Rangers, but they are avoiding us. They are not even taking our protest notes,” said Sharma.

He said it was a matter of investigation if the attack on the army installation in Nagrota and the Chamliyal encounter were connected, adding that it was extremely difficult to detect existing underground tunnels.

First Published: Nov 30, 2016 18:17 IST