In what seems to be an exchange of military updates between India and Pakistan, Indian Army on Thursday rejected the “false and baseless” reports that were published in a section of Pakistani media saying eight Indian soldiers were killed and one captured by Pakistani military in a retaliatory firing.
Indian Army sources said, “With respect to report of killing of eight Indian Army personnel reported in sections of Pakistan media, the report is completely false and baseless.” Army’s reaction came after ‘Dawn News’ reported that Pakistani military has claimed that it has killed eight Indian soldiers and captured one while retaliating to India’s firing at the first line of defence at the Line of Control (LoC) at Tatta Pani.
Interestingly, the report in ‘Dawn News’ that claimed that eight Indian soldiers were killed was taken off from its website briefly and an edited version was uploaded later. The report in ‘Dawn News’ also said that an Indian soldier had been captured and was identified as 22-year-old Chandu Babulal Chohan, son of Bashan Chohan from Maharashtra.
Indian Army sources, however, said, “One soldier from 37 RR with weapon has inadvertently crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control. Pakistan has been informed by the DGMO on the hotline.” The sources said his crossing over was not related to the surgical strikes. “Such inadvertent crossing by Army and civilians are not unusual on either side. They are returned through existing mechanisms,” they said.
The ‘Dawn News’ report said he has been shifted to an undisclosed location. The report also said, “The dead bodies of the Indian soldiers are still to be recovered by the Indian forces as they lay unattended at the LoC.”