Soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan

An army soldier who had unintentionally crossed the Line of Control in September a year ago has been given to India by Pakistan at the Wagah Border today. Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chauhan was being released on “humanitarian grounds”, Pakistan stated in a report. The news of the 22-year-old soldier from Maharashtra being in Pakistani captivity had come just hrs following India declared that in surgical strikes, soldiers had attacked seven terror launch pads or setting up areas throughout the Line of Control in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.

Chandu Babulal Chauhan of the Rashtriya Rifles, did not participate in the surgical strikes, the army had stated, putting in a report that he had “inadvertently crossed the Line of Control from the army post where he was on duty.”

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

Gen Singh also played down fears saying that such inadvertent crossing keeps happening all the time. Chauhan had been captured alive and taken to an undisclosed location.

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