- The tunnel is 2.5 feet wide and deep; it was dug right below border fence
- Tunnel detected during an exercise across 200 km of international border
- Will ask for meeting with Pak Rangers and inform about tunnel, says BSF
The tunnel is 2.5 feet wide and about that deep, the officer said.
"The tunnel was yet to be completed and was detected well in advance, before it could reach the fence," he said.
It has been dug right below the border fence and was detected during an exercise by the BSF across 200 km of the International Border.
Surveillance equipment along the border over the years has made infiltration almost impossible. That, say officers, is the reason that so many tunnels are being dug - there is no underground mechanism.
The BSF will ask for a border meeting with their counterparts, the Pak Rangers, and inform them about the tunnel found well beyond the fencing.
In 2012, a 400-metre tunnel with ventilation pipes was found in the samba sector and was considered a major discovery.
A tunnel was also found near the Line of Control in the Akhnoor sector in 2009.
In the past, terrorists have indicated the possibility of tunnels being used for infiltration. Officers say with traditional infiltration routes shut to them, the terrorists are changing their tactics and using new methods to infiltrate.
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