New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said it will take “some days” to bring back the Indian army jawan Chandu Babulal Chavan, who is in Pakistan’s custody after he inadvertently crossed over to the other side of LoC few days ago.
"He had crossed over which happens in border areas. There is a well established mechanism through DGMO (Director General of Military Operations) which has been activated," the minister said.
"Since the situation is tense right now, it will take some days to bring the soldier back," he added.
On September 30, Chavan from 33 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) had accidentally crossed over following which Pakistan informed the DGMO on the hotline.
"Such inadvertent crossing by Army and civilians are not unusual on either side. They are returned through existing mechanisms," the army had said.
On Friday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had assured the family of the soldier that efforts are being made to secure his release.