The Border Security Force has written to its counterpart in Pakistan seeking release of a BSF man who was captured after being swept across the border by Chenab river in Pargwal area of Akhnoor in Jammu and Kashmir.
Two notes handed over to Pakistan Rangers at Octroi in Jammu and Attari in Punjab were part of the negotiations started by the BSF to make sure that no harm was done to Satyasheel Yadav. The notes were followed by phone calls to the Rangers.
Satyasheel of 33 Battalion’s C Company was part of a six-member team patrolling the river along the border at around 12 noon on Wednesday, sources said, adding suddenly their boat developed a snag and started drifting towards Pakistan due to strong river current.
Five personnel jumped into the water and swam to safety on another streamer rushed by the nearby BSF post. However, Satyasheel who did not know to swim remained on the boat and drifted towards Pakistan, the sources said.
After about half an hour he reached Sialkot in Pakistan and was rescued by civilians there who handed him over to the Rangers.
“Our man has accidentally gone to your (Pakistan) territory. You are requested to hand him over to us,” the notes the BSF said.
“(After the incident) we immediately started talking to the Rangers and made sure no harm was done to the jawan. This included sending notes and also talking to them on phone,” said DK Pathak, DG, BSF.
A senior BSF official, however, said Pakistan did not agree to immediately repatriate Satyasheel. “The Pakistan Rangers were reluctant to return the jawan to us. They said they would first check up and then taken a decision.”