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Making all attempts to free soldier in Pakistan captivity: Rajnath Singh

As per reports, Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan, serving with the 37 Rashtriya Rifles, was captured after he “inadvertently crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control”.

Hours after updates to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on Friday said that all attempts are being made to free the Indian soldier who is in Pakistan’s captivity. Rajnat had called a meeting in in which NSA Ajit Doval and senior ITBP officials will be present.

According to Indian Army official, Chandu Babulal Chauhan, serving with the 37 Rashtriya Rifles, was captured after he “inadvertently crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control”.

However, Chauhan had been captured by Pakistani troops at Jhandroot, west of Mankote, and has been kept at the military headquarters in Nikayal.

“All attempts are being made to secure his release,” Rajnath told reporters. The Home Minister also said that New Delhi will take up the matter with Islamabad for his early release.

As per Indian Army sources “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.”

The sources had said that his crossing over was not related to the surgical strikes. “Such inadvertent crossing by Army and civilians are not unusual on either side. They are returned through existing mechanisms,” they had said.

The Indian Army had yesterday rejected as “false and baseless” reports in a section of Pakistani media that eight Indian soldiers were killed and one captured by Pakistani military in retaliatory fire.

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