On Thursday, officials said that the Border Security Force (BSF) has launched a massive operation along the 180-km-long International Border (IB) with Pakistan to locate underground, cross-border tunnels.
Armed with modern equipment and equipment, BSF personnel started the operation with the clearing of bushes and digging and filling the ground near the three-tier border fence leading up to the zero lines with Pakistan.
Officials said the soldiers were asked to dig anti-tunnel trenches of a particular depth along the border fencing in Jammu, Samba and Kathua.
The operation was started earlier this week following the arrest of a Pakistani youth from a village in RS Pura sector of Jammu.
Mohammed Amin crossed the international border and managed to reach the village last week, although there was no fencing violation, raising fears about cross-border tunnels, he said.
In some places, Pakistani soldiers tried to disrupt the process by resorting to firing, he said.
As a counter-infiltration measure, the BSF has also activated its ground sensors to detect underground tunnels.
The BSF started a mega exercise in July this year to strengthen the “anti-infiltration grid” along the border with Pakistan in Punjab and Jammu and mobilize brass, thousands of soldiers and machinery across its entire senior territory.
The operation, named “Sudarshan”, was launched on 1 July and will cover the entire international border with Pakistan spanning over 1000 kilometers.
He said BSF and Army personnel have detected six tunnels across the border in Jammu region since 2012. They were used to push Pakistani militants in Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier this week, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that Pakistan had recently reactivated the Balakot terrorist camp and that about 500 intruders were waiting to enter India.