The BSF found an empty boat with a Pakistan flag floating in the Ravi river in Amritsar sector Tuesday morning. Pakistan Rangers made a claim over the boat later in the day.
The BSF claimed that they noticed the empty boat in the Ravi river before its entry into India and it was seized as soon as it crossed the International Border near Kakkar Rania area, near Lopo Ke in Amritsar district. Ravi flows between India and Pakistan at various points along the International Border.
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“The boat was first noticed by our BSF personal deployed on the tower installed to cover the gap in fencing on
Ravi. He immediately informed the Naka Team about it. They seized it and searched it. It had a Pakistani flag and nothing much was found in it. Later in the day, Pakistan Rangers called a flag meeting and made their claim over the boat…Pakistan Rangers said that the boat slipped from anchor due to sudden rise in water. They have demanded it back,” a BSF official said.
According to press note issued by the BSF, the boat will be handed over to Pakistan Rangers on October 5.
BSF Director General K K Sharma said in Delhi that “no suspicious” item was found on the boat and prima facie the
boat drifted to the Indian side.