BSF ‘Discovers’ 20ft Tunnel Along IB In Samba

JAMMU: A 20-metre tunnel allegedly dug from Pakistan suspected to help militants infiltrate into India has been found by the Border Security Force (BSF) near the International Border (IB).

The tunnel was discovered during searches at the Ramgarh sector in Samba on Monday, a senior BSF officer Dharmedra Pareek said.

The tunnel is 2.5 feet wide and about that deep, the officer said.

“The tunnel was yet to be completed and was detected well in advance, before it could reach the fence,” he added.

It has been dug right below the border fence and was detected during an exercise by the BSF across 200 km of the International Border.

“When we investigated, we found that the construction of the tunnel was an ongoing process… with the detection of the tunnel any possible infiltration in the future has been foiled,” the BSF officer said.

The BSF will ask for a border meeting with their counterparts, the Pak Rangers, and inform them about the tunnel found well beyond the fencing.

Last year, three “heavily armed” suspected militants entered J&K using a tunnel in the same sector.

In 2012, a 400-metre tunnel with ventilation pipes was found in the samba sector and was considered a “major discovery”.

A tunnel was also found near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Akhnoor sector in 2009.

Arms Recovered In Mendhar

Government forces on Tuesday recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in a forest village of Mendhar in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A joint team of police and army launched a major search operation near Mendhar and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, said an official.

“The recoveries include 1 AK 47 rifle, 1 AK 74 rifle, 512 AK rounds, 90 Pika Gun rounds,  1 AK Magazine, 2 UBGL Guns, 14 UBGL Grenades and 2 Hand Grenades, said the official.

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