Indian Soldier Chandu Chavan Returned By Pakistan, Found At Wagah-Attari Border
By MEHER ONISA : 26-Jan-2017
Finally after 4 months, Chandu Babulal Chavan, the missing Indian soldier made his way home. Chandu was found at the Wagah-Attari border after he was released by Pakistan.
“He was like a child who has been lost. It took him several hours to realise he was back home in India. He needed help even to walk,’’ an army official said of the Indian soldier who was returned by Pakistan after four months in captivity.
On Saturday, January 21, Chandu Babulal Chavan was handed over to India. According to the sources the soldier was in the traumatised state.
In early September last year, Pakistani militants had killed 19 soldiers who were camped in Uri. Chavan was posted in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir near to the LOC.
It was brought to light that since September 29, the 22-year-old was missing in the squad.
Investigators believed that Chavan may not have accidently stepped into the de facto border. They had learnt about the soldier’s disagreement with a senior official that led him to abandon his post.
Out of shock, Chandu's grandmother had passed away after she heard the news that her grandson was captured by the Pakistani forces.
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry had admitted that they had released the Indian soldier exclusively on the humanitarian grounds and to retain peace and tranquillity at the Working Boundary.