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Efforts on to Bring Back Soldier Who Strayed Across Line of Control

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said a well-established mechanism through the DGMO has been activated to bring back Army jawan Chandu Babulal Chavan, who inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan-held territory.

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Updated:October 2, 2016, 2:14 PM IST
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Efforts on to Bring Back Soldier Who Strayed Across Line of Control
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Pune: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said it will take "some days" to bring back Army jawan Chandu Babulal Chavan, who inadvertently crossing the Line of Control, but a well-established mechanism through the DGMO has been activated to secure his release.

"He had crossed over which happens in border areas. There is a well-established mechanism through DGMO (Director General of Military Operations) which has been activated," he told reporters here.

"Since the situation is tense right now, it will take some days to bring the soldier back," the minister, who was here to inaugurate a cleanliness drive in a cantonment area, said.

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The Defence Minister said there is no relation between the surgical strike carried out by the Army in PoK and the soldier crossing the border inadvertently.

On September 30, Chavan from 37 RR had inadvertently crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control, following which Pakistan had been informed by the DGMO on the hotline.

"Such inadvertent crossing by Army and civilians are not unusual on either side. They are returned through existing mechanisms," the army had said.

On Friday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had called up the family of the solider and assured them that efforts are being made to secure his release.

Chavan's grandmother had passed away after hearing the news.

“Prime Minister Modi has always spoken of achhe din (good days) and I am confident the PM will ensure my brother is brought back unharmed. That is my appeal to him," Chandu’s brother Ganesh Babulal Chauhan had told News18 on September 30.

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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