Indian BSF claims discovering underground tunnel at Pakistan - India border

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Indian BSF claims discovering underground tunnel at Pakistan - India border

NEW DELHI - A day after the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers held talks at Suchetgarh and assured to take necessary measures to ensure peace and tranquillity along the international border, Indian security forces on Saturday detected an underground cross-border tunnel coming from the Pakistan side into Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Express has reported

The tunnel has been uncovered in a forested area near Damala nullah in Arnia sector, the same place where Pakistani Rangers had restored to heavy mortar shelling last week. 

The tunnel was to be used by the militants to sneak into India from Pakistan. As it appeared that some people were still inside the tunnel, the BSF opened fire, but they managed to escape under cover of darkness.

BSF, border security force, arnia, arnia tunnel, BSF arnia tunnel, BSF tunnel, Pakistan, Pakistan tunnel, Tunnel into India, India news, Indian Express newsTwo cross-border tunnels were detected in Akhnoor sector in 2012 and 2014, and one in R S Pura sector in 2016. (Source: ANI photo)

Significantly, this has been the second cross-border tunnel detected by the BSF along the international border this year; the last one was found in February in Ramgarh sector of Samba district. 

Since 2012, the BSF has plugged nearly half a dozen tunnels, dug by terrorists to enter India.

Two cross-border tunnels were detected in Akhnoor sector in 2012 and 2014, and one in R S Pura sector in 2016. The tunnel found in R S Pura, though dug nearly 30 metres inside Indian territory, was not complete as it had not been opened on the Indian side.