Materials recovered from a
suspected tunnel as BSF
personnel finds it at the
International Border in Samba on Sunday. (ANI)
A MASSIVE operation is underway near the International border in Samba sector to unearth an underground tunnel which was suspected to have been used by four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists to sneak into the country from Pakistan, said officials on Sunday.
They said a massive anti-tunnelling operation is being carried out by the BSF since Friday and presence of a tunnel is suspected near Regal village in Samba district. The Army and police have also joined the operation, which is still underway, the officials said. A 150-metre long underground tunnel suspected to be used by terrorists for infiltration was detected by the BSF at the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba sector on Sunday, DGP Dilbag Singh said. Singh, who along with Border Security Force (BSF) Inspector General, Jammu frontier, N S Jamwal, and Inspector General of Police, Jammu range, Mukesh Singh inspected the scene, said the tunnel was unearthed following investigation into the recent encounter near Nagrota on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
“Police shared some vital inputs found from the encounter scene with the BSF which after hectic efforts, managed to find the tunnel,” the Director General of Police (DGP) told reporters. All the four terrorists were killed in a gunfight when a Kashmir-bound truck, in which they were travelling, was stopped for checking at Ban toll plaza on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Thursday.
Based on the material recovered from the slain terrorists, it was suspected that the terrorists infiltrated into this side from Pakistan through an underground tunnel in Samba district, the officials said. Pak targets villages, forward posts: PAKISTANI troops targeted forward posts and villages along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops, officials said on Sunday.