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BSF constitutes board to ensure no tunnel on IB

Posted on Jan 31, 11:57AM | UNI

Jammu, Jan 30 : Border Security Force has constituted a high level board to ensure that there is no existence of underground tunnel along the Indo-Pak international border.

''After detection of a 400-metre long tunnel in village Chechwal of Samba district last year along Indo-Pak border, a high-level board has been set up for meticulous scanning of the international boundary to rule out existence of any such underground passages,'' Rajiv Krishna, Inspector General, Border Security Force, Jammu Frontier, told reporters here this morning.

The tunnel at a depth of 25-ft had been dug out between two sides along the IB on India's Chillayari BoP and Pakistan's Lumberiyal BoP was detected on July 28 last year.

It also had air supply through a 2-inch pipe.

Asserting that the board would be headed by the IG BSF (Punjab Range), Mr Krishna said, ''it is a matter of concern. This exercise is not only being carried out in Jammu frontier sector, but also along the entire western border.''

Certain places based on the soil and quality and other geographical and topographical features have been identified along the border with intelligence inputs and the deployment along the IB is being made accordingly, the BSF top officer said.

''Scientists and experts from various institutions have also been involved in the exercise and interim measures along the Jammu frontier are being taken,'' he added.

A team of scientists recently visited Jammu frontier's border in connection with detection of the tunnel, he said.

The BSF has intensified its vigil along the 198-km long international border (IB) following the discovery of tunnel, the IG maintained.

On incidents of infiltration and intrusions, Mr Krishna said, ''not a single incident of intrusion from Pakistan side took place in the last six months along the IB in the Jammu region.''

He said that tight vigil is being maintained along the border and security has also been intensified after the January 8 killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar sector of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

''There has been no incident of intrusion across the IB since then,'' he added.

The IG, however, claimed that movement of suspects has also been seen across the international border but tight vigil is being maintained and security has been beefed up with additional deployment of troops.