The incomplete underground tunnel detected recently near a forward post in Jammu and Kashmir’s sensitive Pargwal area has been found emanating from across the LoC and that it was dug nearly 150 meters inside the Indian territory, according to army personnel who used ground-penetrating radars and other hi-tech devices to determine the size of the construction.
The tunnel, four feet high and three feet wide, was being dug nearly 20 feet below the ground. After detecting the entire alignment of the tunnel in the Indian territory, sources said it appeared to be 130-150 metres long from the LoC.
However, the tunnel, big enough to provide safe passage to infiltrating terrorists from Pakistan side, appeared incomplete as it had no exit on the Indian side, the sources added.
The troops had stumbled upon the underground tunnel in Chakla area of Pargwal sector on August 22 after an area domination patrol noticed depression in the ground and sounded alert. The cross-LoC tunnel, the second detected by troops in the same sector in the last four years, was found nearly three km away from the first site.
A similar tunnel was also found dug up nearly 400 meters into the Indian side from Pakistan at Chillyari near the International Border in Samba district in July 2012.