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Jul 15, 2009 at 12:22am IST

Pak bunkers along the border a big worry

Jammu: In yet another provocative act the Pakistani army has started building fresh bunkers along the international border and the activity has increased post 26/11.

The Pakistani towers and concrete bunkers are situated uncomfortably close to the international border and their existence has always worried India.

Border Security Force officials have told CNN-IBN that their numbers have increased after the 26/11 Mumbai attack raising serious security concerns.

"We are aware that Pakistan is making bundhs by making concrete bunkers. We are taking all measures to neutralise any mischief. We do not have the exact number of bunkers but in the last six months many have been built," said UK Bansal

Special DG, BSF.

In 2007, the BSF had complained that Pakistan had constructed over 200 new bunkers and 78 towers near the international border in Jammu and Kashmir alone.

The BSF says the construction issue was taken up with Pakistani Rangers and that in some isolated cases they stopped the construction.

Last week, suspected Laskar terrorists in Kashmir claimed that across the border tunnels were being built to aid infiltration. It is a built up which perhaps Indian can never afford to take lightly.

Ever since the ceasefire in 2003, both sides started construction activity along the border.

For the Indian side now, it is the pace and proximity of Pakistani build up which is a worry.