The tunnel was right below the border fence put up to prevent infiltration into Indian territory.
A BSF official said the tunnel was being constructed to push a large number of terrorists into India “to cause havoc in festival season” in Jammu.
“An under-construction tunnel was found during sanitisation operation along the international border between Vikram and Patel posts near Damana,” an official said, according to news agency Press Trust of India said. The border guards have also detected a spot that was being used as a “war-like” store.
This is the second tunnel detected by the border guards along the International Border in the last seven months. The last one was in Ramgarh sector of Sambha.
The BSF suspects the attempt to dig the tunnel under the fence border could be linked to ceasefire violations in this region in recent weeks. A BSF trooper Bijender Bahadur, 32, and a civilian was killed in the border shelling over the last fortnight.
Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said Pakistan already stood exposed before the international community for its support to terrorism. He credited the Modi government for the BSF’s success, saying the series of successes of the army and the BSF had been made possible due to PM Modi giving them professional freedom.
In 2012, a sophisticated 400-metre-long tunnel with ventilation pipes was discovered in the Samba sector and another was found near the Line of Control in the Akhnoor sector in 2009.