Indian soldier in Pak captivity

chandu-babulal-chauhanA 22-year-old Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan has been whisked away by Pakistani soldiers, who has crossed the LoC at Akhnoor sector, reports said.

This has come to light after the Pakistani news daily The Dawn published a news story that eight Indian soldiers were killed and one captured during the course of ‘surgical attacks’ on Pak-occupied Kashmir in the wee hours of Thursday.

India admitted that one of its soldiers was in Pak captivity and started negotiations with Pak government for his release.

“India will officially take up with Pakistan for his release. The army said he strayed into Pakistani territory “inadvertently” on Thursday. All attempts will be made to free him” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday.

The DGMO Ranbir Singh has spoken to his Pakistani counterpart and demanded that the soldier be sent back.

However the Indian army has denied the story of death of eight soldiers, asserting that the special operational teams deployed for the strikes returned with “not one scratch”.

Chauhan, a soldier of the Rashtriya Rifles, did not take part in the surgical strikes, the army said. He had “inadvertently crossed the Line of Control from the army post where he was on duty,” the army said in a statement.

“Such inadvertent crossing by the army and civilians are not unusual on either side. They are returned through existing mechanisms,” added the army statement.

Medaram Jathara

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