Jammu: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday detected a tunnel just beneath the India-Pakistan international border fence in Jammu.
The tunnel, about 50 meters from the border fence on the Indian side, was located by a BSF patrol in the Samba sector of Jammu.
The force has launched a large search operation in the area to look for other such hidden structures that aid infiltration even as it analyses the spotted structure that could have been used for aiding infiltration of terrorists and smuggling of narcotics and arms.
BSF Director General Rakesh Asthana has directed his frontier commanders to ensure that the anti-infiltration grid is intact and there are no gaps along this front.
The force later examined the tunnel and found plastic sandbags on its mouth that had “Pakistani markings” on them, officials informed.
According to a senior official, BSF troops got suspicious after noticing the sinking of the earth at some places due to recent incessant rains.
An earth-moving machine was immediately pressed into service to completely unearth the tunnel, the official said, adding the spot inspection revealed that the tunnel was under-construction and about 20 meters long.
The tunnel, as per sources, has a depth of about 25 feet at the opening and has been located near the ‘whaleback’ border post of the BSF.
The force has launched a mega search operation along the IB in this area to detect any other such clandestine structure.
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