Playing down the detection of tunnel
in Chamliyal-Ramgarh sector in Samba district after the gunning down of three heavily armed terrorist, BSF
on Thursday said it was mere a "rat hole tunnel" used only one time by the terrorists.
"Militants had come out to this side via a tunnel
on the night on the intervening night of 28 and 29 November in Chamliyal area. The operation was conducted there. Details have been shared with you (media)", Inspector General of BSF, Jammu
Frontier D K Upadhayaya
Ahead of the press conference, BSF
played a video to showcase a tunnel
to the media apart from the route of the terrorist, who came from Pakistan
while crawling through the tunnel
and place of hiding, where the three militants were killed by BSF
during the gun-battle.
"We have given you the full details of the tunnel. There were various reports coming in the media about the tunnel
and old profile pictures of some tunnels were shown which was totally different in shape and size," he said.
Upadhayaya further said "as per the pictures shown to you it is a rat hole tunnel
and it is generally used one time, which opens up in a plain area. The area was ploughed two to three days ago. BSF
and farmers were keeping a watch over the area.
"The mouth of tunnel
was opened a few days ago and militants came through it. There were no tell-tale signs of the tunnel
before this. To make you understand, so that no wrong news get published or aired, this is what I want to bring it to your notice", he said.
is roughly 65- to 70-feet long, he said, adding that on this side of the fencing it is 35-feet long and other side of the fence towards Pakistan
it is over 30-feet.
"The aim of the militants was to negotiate the fencing. Otherwise, they would have been facing the hurdle of the fencing which was not possible to negotiate. That is why they digged tunnel
under the fence to avoid it", he said.
Replying to a question whether the group of militants that attacked army artillery unit in Nagrota on the same day, killing seven army personnel including two Majors came from this side, the IG said "I cannot reply to any query based on speculation. As I said such tunnels are used tactically one time. Once it used it gets identified immediately".
He said digging a tunnel
without help of Pak rangers was not possible.
"We were prepared which is reflected from the conduct of our operation. We always remain alert as entire IB is sensitive for us".