September 2017 News

BSF Detects 3rd Tunnel Along Border In 10 Months

30 September 2017
Greater Kashmir
Yogesh Sagotra

Jammu: A day after India and Pakistan held a commander-level meeting in Suchetgarh, the Border Security Force claimed it detected a 14-feet-long tunnel along the International Border (IB) in Arnia area of Jammu region. This is the third tunnel detected in the area during the past 10 months and sixth in the region since 2012. Earlier, BSF detected a 20-meter-long tunnel originating from Pakistan in Samba district, while on 29 November 2016, the BSF had detected a cross-border tunnel in the same area through which three militants had infiltrated into the Indian side and reportedly attacked an army unit in Nagrota in which seven army men were killed. The militants too had been killed the same day. The detection of the tunnel came a day after Pak Rangers held a Sector Commander level meeting with BSF in their area opposite BOP Octroi along the IB to resolve issue of cross border firing and other issues pertaining to border management amicably. Addressing a press conference, Ram Avtar, inspector general BSF Jammu, said that alert troops of 62 Battalion BSF detected the tunnel at the risk of their lives when the Pakistan troops were firing continuously. 'There were regular inputs regarding movement of anti-national elements across the border as Pakistan forces tried to disturb tranquility in Jammu province by pushing push militants through this tunnel, once it was complete,' he said. 'Sensing trouble Pak nationals ran away leaving their huge stores, which was later seized by BSF,' he added. He claimed two AK 47 magazines, a hand grenade, 22 cells, three head lamps, a US made compass, three jungle hats, four sleeping bags, four waterproof rain coats, three shawls and other items were recovered from the tunnel.