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Army finds 'secret tunnel' along LoC in J&K

Times of India, 23 August 2014

JAMMU: Following the spate of India-Pakistan border skirmishes, the Indian Army discovered a secret tunnel in the forward area of Chakla along Munawar Tawi in Pallanwalla sector of Akhnoor. Although the Army initially denied detection of the tunnel but late Saturday afternoon, it confirmed the reports about its detection. "On 22 August, Army personnel deployed in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district during routine patrolling found a tunnel approximately 50 metres on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC)," defence spokesperson said here in evening. Jammu based PRO said, "The dimensions of the tunnel leading towards Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is approximately two and a half feet wide and three and a half feet high." "It appears to be an incomplete tunnel and has no exit on the Indian side, he said adding, "The troops are carrying out thorough search of the area to ascertain further details which is taking time due to existing minefields." Sources said that the tunnel was found after land caved in during the recent heavy rains in the area. The Army has cordoned off the area and prevented even senior police officials to access it. "This seems to be the new strategy adopted by Pakistan for facilitating the infiltration of militants through LoC and International Border (IB)," sources said. 


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