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Pakistan accepts Indian jawan is in its custody
Pakistan has confirmed that an Indian Army soldier who "inadvertently crossed over" to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) is in its custody.

ANI has reported that this was confirmed by Islamabad's Director General Military Operations (DGMO). The information was conveyed to India's DGMO on hotline.

According to an Army release issued by the Defence Ministry, India's DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh informed his counterpart in Islamabad about the soldier's movement.

Chandu Babulal Chauhan, 22, who belongs to 37 Rashtriya Rifles had inadvertently crossed the LoC along with a weapon a day after the surgical strikes took place. He is being kept at the military headquarters in Nikayal.

Assuring Chauhan's release, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the matter of releasing Chauhan was being taken up with Islamabad.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had also said on Sunday that the mechanism through the DGMO has been activated in order the secure the release of the soldier.

As per the press release, such incidents of soldiers inadvertently crossing over to the other side are not rare and soldiers who cross over are returned through existing mechanisms.

Chauhan's grandmother died because of a cardiac arrest after hearing the news of Chauhan's being in Pakistan.

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