New Delhi: Pakistan on Friday confirmed that the Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chavan, who accidentally crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC), is in its custody.

Islamabad’s DGMO confirmed that the 22-year-old Sepoy Chandulal is in Pakistan’s custody.

The first official confirmation of the whereabouts of Chavan was conveyed on Thursday by officials of the Pakistan army’s military operations directorate to their Indian counterparts over the official hotline, Army sources told The Indian Express.

Chavan, posted with 37 Rashtriya Rifles at Mendhar, along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir had “inadvertently crossed over” to the Pakistan side on September 29, hours after India conducted surgical strikes across the LoC.

Two weeks ago, Chavan’s grandmother suffered a cardiac arrest and died after the family was informed that he was captured by the Pakistan army.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured Chavan’s family that he will be soon brought back.


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