New Delhi, Apr 27: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday found a secret 80-metre-long under-construction tunnel near Chopra-Fatehpur border outpost and this has raised alarm of possible threat. However, as per the BSF officials, the tunnel was probably being built to facilitate cattle smuggling trade between India and Bangladesh. Found, near the Chopra-Fatehpur Border outpost in North Bengal’s Dinajpur district, which is adjacent to Bihar’s Kishanganj, this tunnel has raised questions of serious security breach in the area.

BSF Deputy Inspector General Devi Sharan Singh at the BSF’s sectoral headquarters in Kisanganj, said the smugglers were digging the tunnel under the fence to smuggle cattle to Bangladesh, which has been made difficult due to fencing of the Indo-Bangladesh border in the area. As per DIG Singh, this tunnel was being constructed through a tea garden in Arugach village, allegedly by the cattle smugglers for a long time probably in the darkness of night for sometime now. Singh also said the BSF has enhanced patrolling on the border in wake of the discovery of this tunnel.

India Today quoted BSF Assistant Commander Pramod, who has raised speculations that the tunnel could have been dug by either terrorist or smugglers.

North Dinajpur District Magistrate Ayesha Rani has also forwarded a complaint to higher authorities regarding this possible security breach, following which Superintendent of Police Amit Kumar Bharat Rathore assured that a thorough investigation will be conducted regarding this case. He said that he has received a complaint from the BSF and he will investigate the case at the earliest.

On the other hand, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has begun investigating the matter as well and are looking at all possible angles.

(With inputs from agencies)