The Border Security Force (BSF) in Jammu & Kashmir has detected a 150-metre long underground tunnel that is suspected to be used by the terrorists for infiltration from Pakistan to India’s Samba region. On Thursday, four terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were killed in a gunfight when they tried to infiltrate through the Ban toll plaza on the highway.

According to J&K police Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh, the tunnel was detected while investigating the recent encounter in Nagrota.

“Police shared some vital inputs found from the encounter scene with the BSF which after hectic efforts, managed to find the tunnel,” Singh said.

“This was a new tunnel dug out from Pakistan after the older one was unearthed by BSF (in Samba). After the successful operation in Nagrota, the question was how did the JeM group managed to infiltrate into this side from Pakistan, reached the national highway and boarded the Kashmir bound truck,” he added.

Jamwal joined in by saying: “The tunnel, which is 2.5 metre wide and 25 to 30 metre deep was constructed with proper engineering effort to ensure that it is not detected as its opening was found surrounded with sarkanda (elephant grass).”

Earlier in August, the BSF had detected a tunnel in Galar near the conflicting border.

The terrorists killed on Thursday were carrying 11 AK assault rifles, 29 grenades, three pistols and six UBGL grenades with them. According to the state police, they were planning to execute a “big plan” ahead of the District Development Council (DDC) elections.