SIALKOT - Pakistan handed over the arrested Indian troop, who had crossed into Pakistani territory on August 6, to Indian Border Security Force (BSF) officials on Friday as a goodwill gesture.
A special ceremony in this connection was held by the Chenab Rangers along the Sialkot Working Boundary near Bajwat-Sialkot Sector Friday afternoon.
The senior officials of the Chenab Rangers and Pakistani government handed over Satyasheel Yadav to Indian officials during the ceremony. Chenab Rangers had arrested the BSF soldier while he was illegally entering Pakistan through Sialkot bordering village Kaliyal-Bajwat along the Sialkot Working Boundary.
Indian BSF senior officials had claimed that Yadav sailed towards Sialkot through River Chenab because the boat he was in along with some other BSF personnel had been destabilised in the river and the soldier, who was left alone in the boat, was carried away along the boat into Pakistani territory.
Staff Reporter from Sambrial adds: The Indian soldier on Friday said that he was treated better than his expectation in Pakistan and he was looking forward to meeting his family. He told reporters at Chenab Rangers Headquarters before his handing over to BSF authorities that his boat accidentally strayed into Pakistan after it went out of control in strong river current. “My colleagues swam out but I do not know to swim. The boat took me into Pakistani territory. I jumped into water near a Pakistani post and was rescued by jawans of Pakistan Rangers,” he said in his narration of the events leading to his capture. Yadav, flanked by Rangers officials, said he was made “comfortable” by them. “They took my introduction. They helped me to the extent they could.
They treated me better than what I had thought of. I have no complaints. I am happy,” the 30-year-old said. According to Indian media, Yadav was on a patrol with three other personnel in the Paragwal-Khour sub-sector of general area Akhnoor when the boat developed a problem.