Underground Tunnel May Impact Indo-Pak CBMs: BSF

Underground Tunnel May Impact Indo-Pak CBMs: BSF

2 August 2012
Rising Kashmir
Syed Amjad Shah

Srinagar: Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday said detection of cross border ‘underground tunnel’ may have an impact on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan. “Such attempts may affect Indo-Pak Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), which are meant to develop trust between the two countries. It is against the CBMs and such attempts will have bad affect on the border as well,” UK Bansal, Director General BSF, told journalists after inspecting the unearthed tunnel at Chilayari post falling in village Chachwal area along the International Border of Samba district. He said they cannot say which agencies were responsible for construction of underground tunnel. “However, construction of 25-ft deep tunnel is not job of layman. It was the handiwork of some experts”. Bansal said the tunnel was constructed when they failed to breach the fence and security. “BSF was well aware of the ‘underline intentions’ of Pak Rangers across the line. The underground tubing was an age old practice of infiltration,” he said adding they cannot rule out the possibility of more such tunnels. Stating that BSF is more alert and vigilant on the IB, he said there would be no lowering of guards in any condition. Terming the issue as serious and sensitive, the BSF chief said they have given details regarding the tunnel to the Government of India (GoI) and Defense Ministry, besides conveying protests to Pak Rangers about the discovery of the tunnel in this side of the border. Admitting that the BSF was not well equipped till date to detect the underground tunnels, he said they have sought help from different agencies to uncover the tunnel after they failed to make headway in uncovering the tunnel. “We will find out the details as we explore the tunnel. We will be able to draw our assessment and take adequate measures.” A 300-mt-long ‘cross border’ tunnel was detected by a villager along the border on July 28 in Samba sector and he informed the BSF. The farmer had noticed a portion of land when it caved in and he had informed nearby BSF personnel regarding the incident. The tunnel had been dug at a depth of 25 ft below the ground level and was of 3x3 ft dimension and found fitted with a 2-inch pipe meant for air supply.