Pakistan hands over Soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan who had crossed LoC last year
"Such inadvertent crossing by the army and civilians are not unusual on either side. They are returned through existing mechanisms," the army said earlier.
In a “goodwill gesture,” Pakistan Army on Saturday has returned Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had accidentally crossed the LoC in September last year, to India.
According to a press release by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Pakistan, Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chauhan will be "handed over to Indian authorities at Wahga border on humanitarian grounds."
The news of the 22-year-old soldier from Maharashtra being in Pakistani captivity had come just hours after India announced that in surgical strikes, troops had attacked seven terror launch pads or staging areas across LoC in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
The army had said that Chandu Babulal Chauhan of the Rashtriya Rifles, did not take part in the surgical strikes, and added 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 statement added.
Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chauhan was posted in Mendhar district of Jammu and Kashmir near the LoC with the Rashtriya Rifles when he went missing in September.
After the news, the Home Minister Rajnath Singh had then assured Soldier's family as well as the Country that efforts are being made to free Chandu Babulal Chauhan from Pakistan captivity.