The Border Security Force (BSF) on said on Saturday that they detected a secret trans-border tunnel from Pakistan into Jammu & Kashmir's Samba sector on Friday. The hidden tunnel had been dug up for infiltrators to come into the country. With the detection of this tunnel, the BSF has now launched a major search operation through an anti-tunnelling drive to locate more such tunnels. 

In a series of tweets, the BSF said, "On 28 August 2020, alert troops of BSF detected a tunnel of appx 20 feet long of 3-4 feet wide in Indian territory near International Border in Basantar area in District Samba, Jammu." They also said, "Pakistan made sandbags with Shakargarh/Karachi written were also found at the mouth of the tunnel to hide it. The place of opening of the tunnel is around 170 Mtrs from IB [international border] towards the Indian side in the field of a local farmer."

The BSF further stated, "With this detection, alert BSF troops foiled nefarious design of Pakistan to infiltrate terrorists into Indian territory. Efforts of alert BSF troops deployed in our counter-infiltration grid once again resulted in neutralizing the evil designs of terrorists." Below are some of the pictures that were taken at Samba’s Basantar area:

The BSF has said that its troops with this latest detection have curtailed the diabolical design of Pakistan to send in terrorists into Indian territory. Officials have stated that they have received inputs on a frequent basis in regard to movement of terrorists on the Pakistani side looking for infiltration options in the Indian side. The tunnel was detected on Thursday by a patrol around 50 metres from the border fence of the Indian territory. 

The nearest Pakistani border post has been revealed to be around 400 metres from the tunnel and the tactic of digging tunnels to push in terrorists into Indian territory is said to be an old strategy, officials from the counter-insurgency wing of the Jammu & Kashmir police said.