Terrorists “manage” to infiltrate into Indian Territory via tunnel: DG BSF

Jammu, May 14: In the backdrop of unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in which one BSF personnel attained martyrdom, Director General BSF K K Sharma, on Tuesday said that reportedly a group of five terrorists have “managed” to enter into the Indian territory via tunnel on international border in Jammu region.
“The group of terrorists that tried to infiltrate into our territory on Sunday might have sneaked through tunnel and their number is around five,” Sharma told reporters in a press conference here after attending wreath laying ceremony of a BSF jawan martyred in Pak firing during wee hours on Tuesday.
Constable Devendra Singh of village Lakhanpur, Sikandera, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, deployed at Manguchak border in Samba got martyred in Pak firing.
The BSF Chief said that the group, which tried to infiltrate on Tuesday morning, have successfully been pushed back but in cross border firing triggered unprovoked by the Pakistan, one BSF jawan suffered a fatal injury.
“Searches are on all along the border and once they (terrorists) will be traced out, we will neutralise them,” said Sharma adding that so far no tunnel has been detected but our men are on job and anti-tunnelling exercise is also in place.
The DG said that Pakistan is our hostile neighbour and every year at the time of harvesting they fire unprovoked, adding, “they keep making attempts of infiltration, ceasefire violations but we always give them a befitting reply.””We never open fire first and I assure that the martyrdom of our jawan will not go in vain,” he added.
On Prime Minister Naredndra Modi’s visit to J&K including Jammu on May 19, he said, “such a kind of incident before VVIP visit is a serious matter but our sister agencies and J&K Police is fully aware of it and measures have been taken.”On smart fencing (pilot projects), Mr Sharma said that they are nearing completion and will soon be inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
“Best use of technology will be made along the border and we will also roll out a plan for it,” he asserted.
The DG BSF however, said that troops are on alert, maintaining vigil and always ready to face any challenge.
DG BSF stated that BSF has the history of bravery and this brave act has once again proved that Border men are always ready to sacrifice their life, if comes to the nation security.
As BSF manned to protect the sovereignty of the national boundary, people of the nation can sleep fearlessly while border men are on duty.
Director General further said that his sacrifice shall be remembered forever whenever the martyr will be remembered.
He reiterated that as a peaceful country we never initiated fire from our side but will never hesitate to give befitting reply if we will be compelled to resort fire.
A 28-year-old BSF jawan was killed as Pakistani troops fired at forward posts to push infiltrators across the International Border (IB) in the Samba sector, Sharma said.
The infiltration bid in the Manguchak border outpost area was scuttled by the alert personnel, Sharma told reporters after attending a wreath laying ceremony of the deceased jawan at the BSF headquarters here.
However, a search operation was on as a group of terrorists is suspected to have crossed the border in an another Pakistan-backed infiltration bid on Sunday night.
The latest ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces today comes barely four days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
The jawans at the Manguchak border outpost noticed suspicious movement last night and fired illuminated bombs before firing from Light Machine Guns (LMGs) on the infiltrators who, however, managed to flee away, Sharma said.
“Suspicious movement was again noticed and the action was repeated by the alert personnel. But this time, Pakistani troops also fired and Constable Devender Singh Baghel, who was firing his LMG, was hit by a bullet, through the loophole, in the left eye. He was immediately evacuated to a hospital and later achieved martyrdom,” Sharma said.
Earlier, a senior BSF official said that Pakistani rangers resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing around 11.30 pm last night and the heavy firing between the two sides continued for an hour.
The incident comes barely 24 hours after BSF noticed suspicious movement of a group of five persons, believed to be terrorists, along the IB in Hiranagar sector of nearby Kathua district, prompting a massive search operation and sounding of a high alert in Jammu.
Earlier a wreath laying ceremony was organized to bid farewell to the brave Constable Devendra Singh, who was martyred during cross border firing by Pakistan.
The martyred jawan commanded his duty post valiantly by giving befitting reply to the suppressing enemy fire. While defending the sanctity of the country, the valiant borderman laid life and made supreme sacrifice in the service to the nation.
A wreath laying ceremony was organized at Frontier HQ BSF Camp Paloura Jammu and paid rich tribute to brave soldier.
Kavinder Gupta, Dy CM J&K, K K Sharma, Director General, BSF, SP Vaid, DGP, S D Singh IG, Rafiq ul Hasan DIG, P S Sandhu IG BSF, Ram Awtar, IG BSF Jammu along with BSF officers and men paid floral tribute to the Martyr BSF Ftr HQ in Jammu.
Cremation of martyr will be done at his native village in Agra (UP), tomorrow.