Chandu Chavan, the 22-year-old Indian jawan, who strayed across the India-Pakistan border, was captured by the neighbouring armed forces around the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29 afternoon. Both the governments had acknowledged and confirmed this, and efforts were being made for his release. Now, in a shocking incident, the Pakistan Army has told the Indian Army that it is no knowledge of Chavan, the jawan, as reported by Pak newspaper Dawn. Chavan belongs to the 37 Rashtriya Rifles while his brother Bhushan Babulal Chavan is posted with the 9th Maratha Light Infantry in Gujarat. Chavan had crossed the LoC border in Kashmir some time after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the border.
The Director General of the media wing of Pakistan Army, Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa, had earlier denied that any Indian soldier was in their captivity. However, India claimed that Chavan was captured by Pakistan Army with arms at Jhandroot, and was detained at a military facility. According to bilateral arrangements between India and Pakistan, soldiers who inadvertently cross the borders are handed over to each other’s side. “However, the level of tensions between the two countries, particularly after the Indian claims about ‘surgical strikes’, precludes any possibility of cooperation,” the Dawn reported. According to Dawn, Pak military operations directorate denied knowledge of Chavan’s location and said that he was “being traced”. Recently Chavan’s grandmother, who raised him, died of shock when she heard that he was captured by Pakistan.