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Water current sweeps Indian border guard to Pakistan

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An Indian border guard of Border Security Force (BSF) deployed along India- Pakistan border in Kashmir was Wednesday swept by strong currents of water in river Chenab and pushed onto Pakistani side, officials said.

The border guard was swept away in Akhnoor by strong currents of the Chenab.

The border guard along with his three colleagues in a boat was part of a patrolling team in the area.

"The trooper, identified as Satyasheel Yadav of the water wing of the border guarding force, was out on a patrol with three other personnel in the Paragwal-Khoursub sector of Akhnoor along the line-of-control (LoC) when their boat developed a snag," India's official broadcaster, All India Radio (AIR), quoted a BSF official as having said.

Reports said three of his colleagues jumped off the boat to save themselves, while he was swept away on to the other side.

According to AIR, the BSF trooper was captured by Pakistani Rangers after being swept away by strong water currents.

India's border guards have sought a flag meeting with Pakistani Rangers, for getting the BSF man freed.

"Formalities are being done and we are hopeful that Pakistani Rangers will release our soldier in a couple of hours," DK Pathak, the topmost BSF officer told India media.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region is divided between India and Pakistan through LoC and international border.

LoC on both sides is guarded by the respective armies, while as international border is guarded by India's BSF on Indian side and Pakistan Rangers from the other side.

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 6 (Xinhua)



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