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Published On: Sat, Sep 30th, 2017

BSF unearths tunnel being dug from Pakistan side in Jammu’s Arnia sector

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2017_9$largeimg230_Sep_2017_172307180JAMMU : : A day after Indian and Pakistan border guards held a flag meeting to discuss the border ceasefire violations, the BSF on Saturday detected a tunnel originating from the Pakistani side along the International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir. A BSF official said troops of 62 Bn BSF detected an unfinished tunnel ahead of the border fence in Arnia during search operation today.

The tunnel was about 12 to 14 feet long with 3 feet height and 2 and a half feet width, he said.
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The sector witnessed heavy firing and mortar shelling by Pakistani troops this month during which a BSF man and a civilian were killed and many others, including border guards injured.

The BSF official said after receiving inputs that Pakistani troops may attempt to push militants into the valley from the Jammu sector, BSF men were placed on high alert along the entire International Border.
The border guards had also intensified the patrolling and vigil close to the fencing.

“The search operation was launched near the border fence on this side of IB in Arnia sector.  While carrying out searches in area ahead of the fence, BSF men observed suspicious movement of around 10-12 Pakistani nationals on the bank of Dhamala nallah on the other side of IB,” the BSF official said. He said after observing the movement of BSF party, the Pakistani nationals ran away from the spot leaving behind stores including ammunition.
“An under-construction tunnel was found during sanitisation operation along the international border between Vikram and Patel posts near Damana,” the officials said. The tunnel was 14-feet long when it was detected by the alert troops, the officials said, adding “war-like” store was recovered during the search of the tunnel indicating the presence of armed infiltrators who, however, managed to flee back.

.The officials said a special drive for the detection of tunnels was launched all along the international border in the wake of recent cross-border shelling by Pakistan which left a jawan and a woman dead and scores of civilians injured


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