Pakistan to soon release soldier Chandu Chavan who crossed LoC after surgical strike, says minister
An Indian soldier who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC) last year after India’s surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) is alive and will be released soon, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said here today.
The minister said that the matter was raised by the Director-General Of Military Operations (DGMO) effectively with top Pakistani authorities time after time and nearly 15-20 round of talks have taken place so far.
"We are trying at the level of DGMO to secure his release. So far, the DGMO has spoken to their Pakistan counterpart at least 15 to 20 times," Bhamre said after the launch of second Scorpene class submarine Khanderi, at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in south Mumbai.
During the recent meet which took place two days ago, he said, Pakistan has dropped enough positive hints about their decision to release the Indian soldier.
"They (Pakistan) have admitted that Chandu Chavan is alive, and that they will soon release him after inquiry, which is nearing completion," the minister said.
Chavan hails from Bhamre's Lok Sabha constituency – Dhule.
"I have been in regular touch with his family," the minister said.
On September 30 last year, Chavan had inadvertently crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control.