| New Delhi |
November 29, 2020 4:45:39 am
WHEN SECURITY forces tracked a GPS device recovered from the four Jaish terrorists who were gunned down in Jammu’s Nagrota on November 19, they reached a narrow opening that led to a 200m-long tunnel near a BSF outpost in Samba sector.
The discovery did not take them by surprise.
This was the sixth tunnel that the BSF had discovered in the past four years along the Jammu border. And since the first such construction was spotted in Punjab in 1997, in the aftermath of the Khalistan movement and the beginning of militancy in Kashmir, BSF records show the discovery of at least 12 key cross-border tunnels.
Officers say that with tight border surveillance in place now, these tunnels have become a crucial route for militants carrying arms and ammunition to launch attacks in the Valley. “Detecting tunnels on a 200-km border with considerable foliage and creeks is not easy,” former BSF IG Rakesh Sharma, who has held command in the Jammu sector, told The Indian Express.
The latest tunnel was three feet wide and four feet high, with the small opening reinforced with sandbags. Security forces recovered 11 AK assault rifles, 24 magazines and…