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All attempts being made to secure release of Indian soldier: Interior minister

Rajnath Singh?also said that New Delhi will take up the matter with Islamabad for his early release. Photograph: (AFP)

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 30, 2016, 08.02 AM (IST)

India’s interior minister Rajnath Singh today assured that all attempts are being made to secure the release of an Indian soldier who inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan on Thursday.

"All attempts are being made to secure his release," Singh told reporters.

Singh added that New Delhi will take up the matter with Islamabad for the soldier’s early release.

Chandu Babulal Chohan, 22, crossed the Line of Control (LOC) when the Indian army carried out surgical strikes inside Pakistan Administered Kashmir.

Indian Army sources had said yesterday that "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 later clarified that 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 had said.

The Indian Army had yesterday rejected as "false and baseless" reports in a section of Pakistani media that eight Indian soldiers were killed and one captured by Pakistani military in retaliatory fire.

Indian Army sources said, "As regard (to the) report of killing of eight Indian Army personnel reported in sections of Pakistan media, the report is completely false and baseless."

India had carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army inflicting "significant casualties" on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan Administered Kashmir.

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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