India to secure release of soldier in Pak captivity: Rajnath Singh

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Rajnath SinghThe Union government is making all out efforts to secure the release of the Indian soldier in Pakistan’s custody. He had inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan, Singh added

“We are trying to secure his release. We have also taken note that the soldier is in captivity in Pakistan,” said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on September 30.

Briefing mediapersons after attending a meet to discuss internal security situation, he said that India would take up the matter with Pakistan for his early release.

According to media reports, one soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, 22, from 37 Rajasthan Rifles carrying a weapon had crossed over to the other side of the LoC . Immediately, Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen Ranbir Singh informed Pakistan about the crossover, which was not related in any way to the “surgical strikes”. Such inadvertent crossing over by army personnel and civilians was not unusual from either side, he added.

Meanwhile, on September 29, the Pakistan Foreign Secretary summoned the Indian High Commissioner and firmly rejected the Indian “surgical strikes” claim.

He flayed the unprovoked firing by the Indian forces along the LoC resulting in the killing of two Pakistan Rangers. He added any act of naked aggression by India would be given a befitting response by Pakistan forces.