Procedures to bring back captured soldier from Pak activated: Parrikar

, 12:15 PM IST

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday asserted that efforts are on to bring back the stranded Indian jawan from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and said the Centre has activated the procedure which takes place at the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) level.

“There is a standard mechanism for that. We exchange those people after enquiry who had inadvertently gone there by mistake. The procedure takes place at the DGMO level. We have activated that,” Parrikar told the media at the sidelines of the Swachhta rally.

Calling on the nation to be alert, Parrikar added that people should report it to the police if they notice any suspicious activity anywhere.

Chandu Babulal Chohan, a soldier from the 37 Rashtriya Rifles had inadvertently crossed over to the other side of the LoC with his weapon. Sources had however specified that Chohan had nothing to do with the Army’s surgical strikes on terror launchpads in PoK.

Chohan had apparently crossed the LoC sometime during the day on Thursday in circumstances shrouded in mystery amid speculation that he was upset and disoriented.