Ahead of Amarnath Yatra, Cross-border tunnel detected by BSF
Jammu, May 5: With the detection of cross border tunnel along the International Border area in Jammu, the Border Security Force (BSF) has foiled the nefarious designs of Pakistan based terrorists to disrupt upcoming Amarnath Yatra.
Deputy Inspector General of BSF (Jammu) S P S Sandhu said a small opening, believed to be a suspected tunnel, was found in a general area near fencing in Samba.
"Due to darkness further search could not be carried out. Detailed search will be carried out early in the morning at first light," Sandhu, who is the public relations officer of the force, said, sharing a few pictures of the suspected tunnel.
However, BSF sources said the suspected tunnel was detected by the troops during the ongoing anti-tunnelling drive in the border outpost area of Chak Faquira around 5.30 pm.
Jammu & Kashmir | Security forces deployed after a small opening, suspected to be a tunnel, was found in the general area near fencing in the Samba area, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/C0bDfc0lH3— ANI (@ANI) May 5, 2022
"A newly dug tunnel at a distance of 150 metres from the IB and 50 metres from the border fence was detected opposite Pakistani post Chaman Khurd (Fiaz) which is 900 metres from the Indian side," an official said, asking not to be named.
He said the opening is about 300 metres from the border outpost Chak Faquira and 700 metres from the last Indian village.
BSF has launched a massive drive to detect any tunnel all along the International Border (IB) following the April 22 encounter in Sunjwan area of Jammu when two heavily-armed JeM terrorists, wearing suicide vests, were eliminated in an encounter after they attacked a bus carrying Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel.
An Assistant-sub inspector of CISF was killed and nine security personnel, including two policemen, were injured in the encounter.
The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of three conspirators including a truck driver and his helper who transported the Pashtu-speaking terrorists from Sapwal border in Samba district to Jammu in the middle of the night the previous day.
Amarnath Yatra will commence on June 30 and conclude on August 11.