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BSF says signs of well drawn plan

The last time such a tunnel was discovered was 15 years ago along the international border in Punjab.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi |
August 4, 2012 3:02:26 am

Imprints of wheel-carts and plastic pipes clamped with copper wires have been found in the underground tunnel discovered by the Border Security Force (BSF) on the international border in Chiliari area of Jammu and Kashmir,hinting towards a well drawn plan for infiltration from across the border. The last time such a tunnel was discovered was 15 years ago along the international border in Punjab.

Though the BSF has not been able to trace the opening of the tunnel,intelligence sources say it seemed to be the handiwork of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) as the group is active in the area.

Officers who visited the 400-metre-long tunnel said the wheel-carts were probably used for disposal of soil when the digging was on.

“We have found a plastic pipe which is of 2 inch diametre and has been fixed to the tunnel’s wall with copper wires. We found solid joints. There are imprints of wheel-carts which means that lose earth was dragged out of the tunnel with its help. It would have taken days to build this tunnel,” said a senior BSF official.

The tunnel was discovered on July 27 when a farmer reported cave-ins at three places on an agricultural land in Chiliari outpost area. Officials said in 2009 a tunnel-like construction was discovered in Jammu region but nothing could be

established.

“The Geological Survey of India (GSI) will try to locate the opening of the tunnel with the help of ground penetrating radar system. We have not been able to locate it so far. The GSI will take up the work from Saturday,” said S K Mishra,IG (Intelligence and Operations),who visited the tunnel along with DG U K Bansal a day ago.

BSF sources said the tunnel may have been dug around March-April when four incidents of sniper-firing were reported from Pakistan side in which a BSF personnel was also killed.

“The tunnel could have been used for anything from infiltrating humans to transporting narcotics,” said the official.

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