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Tunnel suspected to be used for infiltration detected in Samba sector: DGP

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Massive anti-tunnelling operation on along IB in Samba

Jammu: A 150-metre long underground tunnel suspected to be used by militants for infiltration was detected by the BSF at the International Border in Samba sector on Sunday, DGP Dilbag Singh said.

Singh, who along with Border Security Force (BSF) Inspector General, Jammu frontier, N S Jamwal, and Inspector General of Police, Jammu range, Mukesh Singh inspected the scene, said the tunnel was unearthed following investigation into the recent encounter near Nagrota on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

“Police shared some vital inputs found from the encounter scene with the BSF which after hectic efforts, managed to find the tunnel,” the Director General of Police (DGP) told reporters.

Meanwhile, a massive operation is underway near the International border in Samba sector to unearth an underground tunnel which was suspected to have been used by four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants to sneak into this side from Pakistan, said officials on Sunday.

All the four militants were killed in a gunfight when a Kashmir-bound truck, in which they were travelling, was stopped for checking at Ban toll plaza on Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Thursday.

A huge cache of arms and ammunition including 11 AK assault rifles, three pistols, 29 grenades and six UBGL grenades were recovered from the possession of the slain militants, who, according to police, had come to execute a “big plan” to disrupt District Development Council (DDC) polls, slated to be held in eight phases beginning November 28.

Based on the material recovered from the slain militants, it was suspected that the militants infiltrated into this side from Pakistan through an underground tunnel in Samba district, the officials said.

They said a massive anti-tunnelling operation is being carried out by the BSF since Friday and presence of a tunnel is suspected near Regal village in Samba district.

The Army and police have also joined the operation, which is still underway, the officials said.

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