NEW DELHI: An Indian soldier, who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control in September last year, will be released by Pakistan. Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chauhan will be handed over to Indian authorities at Wagah Border on "humanitarian grounds", Pakistan said in a statement today. 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.
Chandu Babulal Chauhan of the Rashtriya Rifles, did not take part in the surgical strikes, the army had said, adding in a statement 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.
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.
His grandmother suffered a cardiac arrest and died after the family was informed that he was captured by the Pakistan Army.
"All border patrols have a buddy system. I can't believe my brother accidently crossed over. They (army) should ask his buddy what happened?" his brother Bhushan Chauhan, a soldier with the Maratha Light Infantry, had said.
Senior government ministers called up his grandfather, CD Patil, to assure him that all efforts were being made to secure his release. "The home ministers spoke to me personally, and assured me that the government is doing everything it can.
India had been in regular touch with Pakistan for the release of Chauhan.