Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Happy about going home, says BSF jawan to be released by Pakistan

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 8, 2014 1:13 pm

The BSF (Border Security Forces) jawan, who got swept across the border by a strong current of the Chenab river in Pargwal area of Akhnoor, will be released at 3 pm on Friday.

Addressing a press conference ahead of his release in Pakistan, Satyasheel Yadav, the jawan, said that he was happy about going back home and meeting his children and family.

During the interaction, the BSF man also narrated the incident when he was swept away by the strong currents. He further said that he had no complaints.

The decision to release him was conveyed by the Pakistan Rangers to BSF officials on Thursday.

The message from across the border came after the BSF established contact at the company commander-level with Pakistan along the international border in Pargwal area on Thursday, sources said. The Pakistan Rangers said that BSF’s Satyasheel Yadav will be sent back on Friday, adding that the handing over is likely to take place at the Octroi Post in Suchetgarh sector.

Satyasheel Yadav of 33 Battalion’s C Company, was part of a six-member team patrolling the river along the border around noon on Wednesday, sources said, adding that suddenly their boat developed a snag and started drifting towards Pakistan due to the strong current. Five of them swam to safety while Satyasheel, who does not know how to swim, stayed on the boat and drifted towards Pakistan, sources said.

After about half an hour he reached Sialkot in Pakistan and was rescued by civilians who handed him over to the Pakistan Rangers.

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