Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Grandmother of Indian soldier held by Pakistan dies of shock

Narada Desk | October 1, 2016 7:02 am Print
The Union Home Minister on Friday said all efforts were being made to secure the soldier's release

The grandmother of 22-year-old Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chohan held captive by Pakistan Army has died of a heart attack upon hearing the news.

Lilabai Patil’s body was brought to Borvihir village of Dhule district of Maharashtra from Jamnagar, where the 60-year-old was staying with the family of Chandu’s elder brother Bhushan, who, too, is in the defence services.

The Union Home Minister on Friday said all efforts were being made to secure the soldier’s release. He said New Delhi would take up the matter with Islamabad.

According to the Army: “One soldier from 37 RR with weapon has inadvertently crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control. Pakistan has been informed by the DGMO on the hotline.”
But the circumstances that led to his capture, and the day it happened, remain unclear.
“I called him last Wednesday but we spoke for just a few minutes. I hope I get to hear his voice again. Prime Minister Modi has always spoken of achhe din (good days) and I am confident the PM will ensure my brother is brought back unharmed. That is my appeal to him,” Ganesh Babulal Chauhan, Chandu’s brother, who is a soldier with the 9 Maratha Light Infantry and posted in Jamnagar in Gujarat, was quoted saying to News18.
Pakistan claimed that Chandu had been captured by its army at Jhandroot, west of Mankote. At present, according to Pakistan, Chandu has been kept at the military headquarters in Nikayal.