"The discovery of tunnel in Indian territory is something that goes against the confidence building measures which are being initiated to deepen trust between India and Pakistan," Bansal told reporters after inspecting the 400-m long tunnel in Chachwal border belt of Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
Bansal, who reviewed the situation following detection of the tunnel, said, "In the long run any such attempt is likely to affect the situation on the Indo-Pak border, while efforts are being made at various levels to normalise relations between the two countries."
The DG BSF further said that such things are not going to be helpful. "So this is what we have told them (during a flag meeting where BSF lodged a protest with with its Pakistani counterparts)," he said.
Authorities on July 28 had detected the 400-m tunnel into India from Pakistan along Indo-Pak border in Samba district.
The tunnel was detected after an area caved-in in a straight line at two-three places due to rains near border fencing near Chillayari Border Out Post (BoP) of BSF along International Border (IB) in Samba sector.
The tunnel at a depth of 25-ft has been dug out between two sides along IB on India's Chillayari BoP and Pakistan's Lumberiyal BoP. It had air supply through a 2-inch pipe. The tunnel is 300-m upto border fencing and 100-m beyond the fencing into this side of the border.
"We have alerted those areas in particular which are sensitive in nature," Bansal said.
"Apparently when they could not succeed to breach the fence and security on the surface (for infiltration), they resorted to digging of the tunnel," he said. "We will find out the details as we explore the tunnel-- we will be able to draw our assessment and take adequate measures."
Chachwal border (J&K): Attempts like the cross-border tunnel in Samba sector are likely to vitiate efforts meant to develop trust between India and Pakistan through confidence building measures, BSF chief U K Bansal said on Thursday.
First Published: Thursday, August 02, 2012, 19:35