India seizes Pakistani boat
New Delhi–India is working to secure release of a soldier captured in Pakistan but it will take “some days”, the Defence Minister said Sunday.
India says the soldier was captured Thursday after he “inadvertently” crossed over into the Pakistani side of the defacto border that divides Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Manohar Parrikar claimed the capture did not relate to the Indian military’s strikes on militants.“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,” the minister said, according to the PTI news agency.
“Since the situation is tense right now, it will take some days to bring the soldier back.”
Despite assurances from Home Minister that all measures were being taken to bring him home, Chavan’s family has plunged into a state of shock following news of his reported capture.
Meanwhile, the Indian Coast Guards claimed to have apprehended nine crew members on board a Pakistani boat from Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast. Preliminary investigation suggested all crew members were fishermen who inadvertently crossed into Indian waters, says The Hindu.
“The boat and the crew members are being escorted to Porbandar for further investigation,” a statement by the defence PRO wing commander said. – Agencies