Punjab: 12-yr-old from Pakistan crosses border, sent back

The boy had crossed the Pakistan border and entered Dona Telumal border post, in Mamdot area of Ferozepur in Punjab.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:October 4, 2016 2:28 am
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Amid the prevailing tension, there was some reason for cheer at the Hussainiwala border on Monday morning when 12-year-old Mohammad Tanveer, a resident of Dhari village of Kasur district in Pakistan, was handed over to Pakistan Rangers.

The boy had crossed the Pakistan border and entered Dona Telumal border post, in Mamdot area of Ferozepur in Punjab. As he entered by mistake, he was handed over to the Rangers on humanitarian grounds, said R S Kataria, DIG BSF, Punjab Frontier.

The boy reportedly crossed the border at around 6 pm on Sunday, while grazing cattle with his father and uncle.

BSF officials said that at border post 194, as the fencing and the border are separated by three kilometres, the boy may not have realised that he was entering another country.

According to reports, the boy walked half-a-kilometre inside, before he found a Pir Baba ki Mazar where he asked for water. It
was only then that he realised that he was in India. The boy then gave details about his village, family, etc.

The BSF contacted the Rangers and, on Monday morning, handed over Tanveer to Pakistan on the Hussainiwala border, confirmed Kataria.

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