It seems like Diwali has arrived early in Maharashtra’s Dhule! Often the news of captivity of a soldier casts shadow on his family’s fate. But this time as Pakistan army finally accepts that Indian rifleman Chandu Babulal Chavan is in their custody, his family members breathed a sigh of relief! The 22-year-old, posted with 37 Rashtriya Rifles at Mendhar along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, was reported to have “inadvertently crossed over” the LoC on September 30.
According to media report, Chandu’s elder brother Bhushan Chavan said, “We had doubts that he may actually not be alive. But Pakistan’s confirmation that Chandu is in their custody has given us new hope. We pray to God for his safe return. He will definitely come back. We are relaxed and very happy.”
Indian Director General of Military Operations Lt General Ranbir Singh spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza twice on the issue.
Union 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 of his crossing over to Pakistan.