BSF jawan swept away by Chenab current, captured by Pakistan
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.
The Border Security Force (BSF), immediately after the
incident occurred early morning, 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 DK Pathak said.
Officials said the trooper, identified as Satyasheel
Yadav of the water wing of the border guarding force, 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
They said that when the patrol squad was negotiating a
narrow bend in the river in this sector, the engine of the motorboat failed. A
rescue boat later sent to fetch the BSF men was taken by three personnel but
Yadav got drifted in the strong current as the rope holding him snapped and he
subsequently landed 400 metres away in the Sialkot sector of Pakistan where he
was picked up by the Rangers, they said.
A Rangers official confirmed the capture as he told
PTI that a BSF personnel had entered Bajwaat sector, about 150 kms from Lahore.
“We are interrogating him whether he crossed into our side inadvertently or he
had any other design. We will also speak to the BSF officials concerned about
it,” the official said.