Punjab, 21 Jan: Showing a sign of goodwill the Pakistan Army has decided to sent back the Indian Sepoy back to his land. Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chohan who inadvertently crossed the LoC on 29 September 2016 is scheduled to return at 3 PM via Wagah Border, Punjab.
After returning to India, he will be debriefed & a special medical check-up will be carried out.
However, Pak army claimed that he deserted to that country after maltreatment of the commanders. It also claimed that Chandu was captured on the day of the surgical strikes by India.
“Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, an Indian Army soldier, deserted his post at LoC due to his grievances of maltreatment against his commanders. He willfully crossed LoC on 29 September, 2016 and surrendered himself to Pakistan Army,” the ISPR press statement reads.
ISPR further said, “As a gesture of goodwill and in continuation of our efforts to maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC and WB, Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan has been convinced to return to his own country.”
Earlier, MoS Defence, Subhash Bhamre had expressed hope on Thursday that Chandu Chavan would return home safely.
“The very next day after the surgical strikes, Chandu had inadvertently crossed the LoC to Pakistani side. The government, the DGMO and MEA are in contact with Pakistan since then through proper channel. Initial response from Pakistan was not positive but the latest response inspires hope,” Bhamre had said.
Chandu is a soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles and hails from Maharashtra’s Dhule, which is also the Lok Sabha constituency of Bhamre.