Srinagar/New Delhi: A BSF jawan deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border was captured by Pakistani forces early on Wednesday after he was swept away by a strong current of the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir.
Immediately after the incident the BSF, sought a flag meeting with their counterparts, Pakistan Rangers, for getting the jawan back.
“We are in touch with Pakistan Rangers and have sought a flag meeting. We are hopeful that our trooper will be handed back to us sooner than later,” BSF chief D.K. Pathak said.
Officials said the trooper, identified as Satyasheel Yadav of the water wing of the BSF, was out on a patrol with three other personnel in the Paragwal-Khour sub-sector of general area Akhnoor along the Line of Control when the boat they were travelling in developed a problem.
They said that when the patrol squad was negotiating a narrow bend in the river in this sector, the engine of the motorboat failed.
Three of Satyasheel Yadav’s colleagues were able to get into the rescue boat that was sent to fetch them, but Yadav got drifted in the strong current as the rope holding him snapped. He subsequently landed 400 metres away in the Sialkot sector of Pakistan where he was picked up the Rangers.
A Rangers official confirmed the capture and said that a BSF personnel had entered Bajwaat sector, about 150 kms from Lahore.