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BSF unearths tunnel in Jammu

“A nearly 150-metre-long tunnel was detected by a BSF patrol party during an anti-tunnelling operation in Bobiyaan village of Hirnagar sector this [Wednesday] morning,” Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier told reporters   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Border Security Force on Wednesday unearthed a 30-foot deep and 150 metre-long cross-border tunnel in Jammu’s Samba district, the third such tunnel since November last year.

“On a specific intelligence input, the BSF troops detected a tunnel in the Bobiya area in Samba sector. The tunnel has an opening of about 2-3 feet and is about 20 to 30 feet deep. The direction of the tunnel is towards the International Border, which is about 150 metres long from the point of incident,” a BSF spokesman said in a statement.

The origin of the tunnel is towards Pakistan territory, the BSF said.

“Sand bags recovered had Karachi made markings. The tunnel seems to be a bit older one. This was the direct result of BSF’s anti-tunnel drive. Whether this tunnel was used by militants to infiltrate into this side is subject to investigation,” Inspector General of BSF, Jammu frontier, N.S. Jamwal said.

The IG said this was the third tunnel unearthed by the BSF since November 2020.

The BSF had unearthed 10 such tunnels since 2011 in the Jammu region.

R-Day vigil

The BSF spokesman said it was in the wake of upcoming Republic Day that the BSF was keeping an extra vigil all along the International Border.

“The BSF has continuously been getting inputs regarding tunnel digging activities by Pakistan elements. To thwart any such nefarious activities, a vigorous exercise has been carried out by the BSF troops all along the border,” the statement said.

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