New Delhi, Mar 5: India needs to worry following after the detection of 30-metre long cross border tunnel on Friday.
BSF said that it was made with the motive to facilitate infiltration to the Indian side. BSF has also lodged protest with Pakistan about the same.
The tunnel was of approximately 10 feet below the ground and had a length of 30 metres from Pak end to Indian side.
Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rakesh Sharma said, that it was dug with JCB machine.
"Tunnel was blocked on our side. It was dead end. It had no exit as they could not complete it further. It came close to the border fencing," Sharma further said.
Another officer said, "One person can sit and easily move inside the tunnel which has came up in the vicinity of Allah-Mai-Di-Kothi BoP of ours from Pakistan Post of Afzal".
What happened after tunnel was detected to the Indian side
According to reports, a flag meeting was called where Pakistani rangers were told about the same.
According to TOI report, Pakistani Rangers claimed the site of the tunnel a 'disputed area' but BSF insists that the wild growth be cleared right up to the zero line.
Pakistan assured that it will do proper investigation of the case and let BSF know about it.
Why Indian security agencies need to calibrate its strategy about security at border regions?
BSF officers said that tunnel was dug with the purpose to execute major terror attacks in India. "It was aimed at pushing in militants into Jammu region", IG Rakesh Sharma said.
Giving details about how Pakistan was planning to harm India, IG said if not detected in time, Pakistan would have succeeded in pushing in 'fidayeen' and other militants inside Indian territory.
Terming tunnel detection as a major success, officer further said, "Pakistan was objecting to our efforts to clear grass as it was anticipating that BSF would be able to detect the tunnel. We resisted Pakistan's attempts and went ahead with clearance operation during which the tunnel was found".
Police installations, army base have been the targets of terrorists in past
Terrorists have been targetting Army base and police installations in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Recently, Punjab's Pathankot air base was attacked by JeM terrorists. Six security personnel were killed in the attack.
Police have also revealed that terrorists who were caught recently have accepted the fact that they use tunnel to infiltrate into Indian regions.
This is not the first time when tunnel has been detected.
September 2014: A tunnel was detected near Pallanwala in Jammu sector.
August 2012 : BSF detected a 540-metre-long tunnel.
July 2012: A 400-metre long tunnel was discovered by BSF in J&K.