Pakistan confirms it has Indian soldier in its custody

Thursday’s acknowledgement by Pakistan has now raised hopes that Chavan will be returned to India through existing mechanisms.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 14, 2016 7:54 pm
A Memorial of a soldier near Chandu Chavans grand parents home in Dhule. (Source: Express photo by Amit Chakravarty) A Memorial of a soldier near Chandu Chavans grand parents home in Dhule. (Source: Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

TWO WEEKS after Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, posted with 37 Rashtriya Rifles at Mendhar along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, was reported to have “inadvertently crossed over” the LoC, the Pakistan army has accepted that the 22-year-old is in their custody.

WATCH VIDEO: Indian Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan In Custody, Confirms Pakistan

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 crossed over to the Pakistani side with his rifle around noon on September 29, hours after DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh had announced the surgical strikes by Indian special forces on terrorist launch pads across the LoC.

By 2.30 pm that day, Lt General Singh had informed the Pakistan army on the hotline about Chavan, said sources. The Indian Army had clarified at the time that Chavan’s disappearance was not connected to the strikes.

Thursday’s acknowledgement by Pakistan has now raised hopes that Chavan will be returned to India through existing mechanisms.

At Chavan’s village in Maharashtra’s Dhule district, family and friends started gathering at his grandparents’ residence as soon as they came to know about the latest development. “We have great faith in the government’s assurance that Chandu will be brought home safe,” said a friend of the family.

Two weeks ago, soon after Chavan’s family had been informed that he may been captured by the Pakistan army, his grandmother Lilabai suffered a cardiac arrest and died in Jamnagar, Gujarat, where she was visiting her other grandson, Bhushan Chavan, who is with the Maratha Light Infantry.

Lilabai, 65, and her husband Chinda Dhondu Patil Sonawane had brought up the two boys in Borvihir village after the brothers lost their parents at a young age.

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    Harsha
    Oct 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    they are
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      Harsha
      Oct 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm
      they are not pig eater..they are bloody COW eater
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        kash
        Oct 14, 2016 at 8:54 am
        stan needs to be very careful about this soldier in its custody. He is likely to be infested with many harmfull diseases owing to a lack of toilets in india. At minimum he must be producing a foul odour as all indians tend to do.lt;br/gt;He should be quarantined for a considerble amount of time. After all he is from a feeble genetic stock... i. e skinny legs, lack of strength and a trecherous nature.lt;br/gt;Have a nice day dirty indians!!
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          Akliyath
          Oct 14, 2016 at 2:28 am
          He is an Indian soldier, unlike terrorist across border pushed and disowned by masters. He should be treated with dignity by Pak army and commentators. There is an international obligation to return him unharmed immediately. This is not a war time.
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            ashok
            Oct 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm
            STAN IS A TRECHOROUS COUNTRY AND STANIES AND THEIR SO SECULAR SYMPATHISERS IN INDIA ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
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              ashok
              Oct 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm
              STAN IS A TRECHOROUS COUNTRY AND STANIES AND THEIR SO SECULAR SYMPATHISERS IN INDIA ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
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                Kaliyug
                Oct 14, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                The soldier crossed to the stan side because of some rift with his officer, this is something the Indians let it happen, they should have shot him dead before letting him go to the other side.
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                  dd
                  Oct 14, 2016 at 3:17 am
                  If our soldier is not returned in good health, we will lynch the high commisioner.
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