DG BSF reviews security along IB, LoC

Jammu: Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) Devender Kumar Pathak today reviewed the security situation along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu region including the anti-infiltration measures put in place on the ground.
“DG BSF visited forward areas along International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region and reviewed the security situation as well as anti-infiltration measures put in place on the ground,” a senior BSF officer said here.
Pathak, who took over as the DG BSF on April 8, has been on a three-day familiarisation trip to Jammu frontier since Thursday. He visited Paharpur and Bobiya in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district and Pansar in Samba district on Friday and LoC areas in Rajouri district today.
The DG also visited Tarnah Nallah belt in Samba sector and was showcased BSF’s anti-infiltration measure – Integrated Surveillance and Communication System (ISCS) – to plug the gaps along unfenced nullahs in view to check movement of the militants, BSF officials said.
The DGP, who was briefed by officers on Border Out Posts along IB about operational preparedness of the BSF, impressed upon them to maintain alertness and vigilance round-the-clock.
Meanwhile, BS F officials claimed to have detected a portion of a caved-in tunnel in Samba district, near the International Border, which is the latest alignment point of the 400-meter long cross-border tunnel which was found in July two years ago.
“A caved-in portion of a tunnel in Chillyari border belt in Samba district was found 23 meters away, inside Indian territory, from pillar number 170 on Zero-line on International Border, a few days back”, senior BSF officers said today.
The tunnel was detected during clearing of the thick and tall bushes, which had come up on the Zero-line along the Indo-Pak border in Samba sector, they said.
Giving further details, they said, the tunnel’s dimension is 3×3 feet.
It is the latest alignment point of the 400-meter long cross-border tunnel which was found along the International Border on July 28, 2012, they added.
In this regard, BSF authorities have handed over a protest note to Pak Rangers over the tunnel issue, officials said.
The detection of caved-in-portion of this tunnel close to border has exposed Pakistan, that cross-border tunnel was dug from Pakistan side into the Indian territory to carry out infiltration and smuggling from across the border, which was denied by Pakistan in the past, they said.
Asked whether BSDF will take up the issue with Pakistan, a BSF Officer said “Director General of BSF will take a call on that what is to be done further”.
“When we were trying to dig over the tunnel alignment towards Pakistan, troops from across the border fired on excavators and men and stopped us”, he said.
BSF authorities on July 28, 2012 had detected a 400-meter tunnel into India from Pakistan along Indo-Pak Border in Chillyari forward belt of Samba district.
The tunnel was detected after an area caved-in a straight line at two to three places due to rains near border fencing near Chillayari Border Out Post (BoP) of BSF along International Border (IB) in Samba sector due.
The tunnel has been dug out between two sides along IB on India’s Chillayari BOP and Pakistan’s Numberiyal BOP.