Samba terrorists might have crawled through 80-m tunnel to cross border

BSF officials said there is "ample proof" and indication to say that the militants crawled through the tunnel to reach this side of the border.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2016 5:27 pm
Samba sector is situated near the LoC and international border between India and Pakistan Samba sector is situated near the LoC and international border between India and Pakistan.

The three militants killed in Samba in Jammu might have crawled through an 80-metre-long tunnel under farm lands to cross the International Border (IB), the BSF chief said Wednesday. Addressing journalists on the eve of the Border Security Force’s 51st Raising Day here, its chief K K Sharma said the paramilitary force had “strong inputs” about possible infiltration bids by terrorists from across the IB following the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads, and hence it was “in a position” to detect and neutralise the heavily-armed militants.

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“After the operation got over at the Chamliyal BoP (border outpost), we checked the fence and there was no breach. Then today morning, we detected a small tunnel of the size of 2×2 metres… We had deployed ‘depth nakas’ across the fence and hence we could detect and neutralise the three militants. The tunnel was found in a field where farming is done and has soft soil. “The tunnel is about 75-80 metres from the IB and about 35-40 metres from the fence,” he said.

The DG said the border guarding force would take up the matter with its counterparts — Pakistan Rangers, but added that due to increased hostilities, the other side is not “getting in touch” for quite sometime now. BSF officials said there is “ample proof” and indication to say that the militants crawled through the tunnel to reach this side of the border. Sharma said the Nagrota attack that took place yesterday at an army camp was “separate” and it was part of the investigation to find out if it had any connection with the Samba terror bid.

He said that since the increase of hostilities between the two sides, especially post the surgical strikes conducted by the army across the Line of Control, BSF has killed 15 Pakistani Rangers and 10 militants while it lost five troops. “For the last 15 days there has been no shelling along the IB. Post the surgical strikes we knew that infiltration attempts and attacks would increase along the IB which we exclusively guard and hence anticipating trouble we have been prepared against such attempts,” he said, adding it was pitch dark last night hence picking up movements along the IB was difficult through naked eye.

Sharma said BSF had “strong inputs that infiltration can be attempted from around the IB area and that is why we were in a position to effectively neutralise the three” yesterday. The DG said the three terrorists were carrying huge arms and ammunition like three AK-47s, 20 full magazines, 517 bullets, an 8mm pistol, 20 grenades and a GPS set along with other items on them. The BSF chief said there are inputs of a “grave threat” to security establishments and hence the forces have beefed up and reviewed camp and perimeter security.

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    Nbalu two
    Nov 30, 2016 at 3:31 pm
    Clear fed up cases.Kashmiri's must stand at alert in the border first to stop infiltration,then only others can productivity lack of respect for their own land.false propaa in the name of religion.this will result only more sufferings.
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      Shafted mohammed
      Nov 30, 2016 at 4:09 pm
      DRDO needs to desiegn some sensors to detect tunnel digging and place some sensors with poison bombs that would temporarily paralyze these terrorists and so catch them all alive and after stan refuses to claim parade them in a press conference full of international diplomats and then execute them and then fire them into the Indian Ocean so that Osama would have some ompany.
      1. K
        Nov 30, 2016 at 2:49 pm
        Raise some PIGS in the tunnel.
        1. A
          Nov 30, 2016 at 4:29 pm
          The rot was started by V K Singh who went to SC to challenge his DOB. One he remembered for getting promotion and another he remembered before date of retirement. Only for char ane ki daaru. He was kicked by SC and asked to withdraw the plea.
          1. A
            Nov 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm
            Why are we gung-ho about our military capabilities? Are soldiers from heaven? Every evening one can see them buying their and btards officer daru-quota. They are sitting ducks and can't stop infiltration in their life. Even in Uri they were caught pants down in wee hours. Why are they accorded the status of when they burnt alive without holding the guns in their hands.
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              Vasi krish
              Nov 30, 2016 at 6:43 pm
              surgical strike by stan
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                S Subramaniam
                Nov 30, 2016 at 2:54 pm
                Army should release poisonous gas through the tunnel.
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                Swaminathangeethamohan Krishnan
                Nov 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm
                2 km all along the border should be flat and kept barren so visibility is clear from anywhere. A small 40feet x 10feet deep trench inbetween with sensors to detect breach will add to the strength of detection.
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