BSF Jawan to be Released by Pakistan today
NEW DELHI : A Border Security Force jawan who was captured by Pakistani troops for straying across the border, said hours before he is scheduled to be released, that he has been treated well, is comfortable and is happy he is going home.
The trooper, Satyasheel Yadav addressed a press conference in Sialkot, Pakistan and said in a brief statement, “They made me comfortable. I was given food. I have no complaints. I am very happy I am going home.” The crossover is expected at around 3 pm.
Mr Yadav detailed how the boat that he was patrolling the Chenab river in capsized and he was swept into Pakistani waters on Wednesday. “The Pakistani post was close by. I jumped out of the boat with a life jacket on and tried to swim, but couldn’t. The Pakistani Rangers took me out, asked me who I was. I told them my name and that I am from the 33 battalion,” he said.
The soldier was kept at Pakistan army’s Markiwalla camp. Sources said he was questioned about troop deployment at the border and weapons by Pakistan’s powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
“Yes, we have arrested an Indian border security official. He is currently under investigation and being treated very well,” Pakistan Foreign Officer spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said on Thursday.At a flag meeting with the BSF on Thursday, Pakistan said he would be released today.Mr Yadav’s battalion had recently shifted to the border from Hisar in Haryana.