Army Jawan Chandu Chavan released by Pakistan

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Wagah – Army Jawan Chandu Babulal Chavan who crossed over to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir in September last year due to alleged maltreatment, was on returned to India on Saturday by the Pakistani government. He returned via Wagah border crossing in Punjab.

Chavan (22), who was attached to the 37 Rashtriya Rifles, hails from Borvihir village in Dhule district of Maharashtra. His grandmother suffered a cardiac arrest and died after the family was informed that he was captured by the Pakistan army.

“Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chohan, an Indian Army soldier, stationed in Kashmir, deserted his post at LOC due to his grievances of maltreatment against his commanders. He willfully crossed LOC on 29 September 2016 and surrendered himself to Pakistan Army. As a gesture of goodwill and in continuation of our efforts to maintain peace and tranquility along LOC, Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chohan has been convinced to return to his own country and will be handed over to Indian authorities at Wahga Border on humanitarian grounds”, Pakistan government stated in a press release.