The family of an Indian soldier deployed in the border area of Jammu and Kashmir, who accidentally ended up across the border in the Pakistan side after slipping in the snow, has requested the Indian government to secure his safe return.
According to Khaleej Times, Havaldar Rajendra Singh Negi was stationed in the Gulmarg area near the border and the incident occurred while he was on duty.
The report stated that Negi’s wife was informed by his unit last week that he was missing. It was later found that he had skidded on the snow and accidentally crossed the India-Pakistan border.
Havaldar Negi is a resident of Ambiwala Sainik Colony in Dehradun and had joined the 11 Garhwal Rifles regiment in 2002. Sources claim the search and rescue operation of Negi is underway and all attempts are being made to bring him back safely from Pakistan.
It is not clear whether the missing soldier has been detained by Pakistani authorities.
Earlier, the new Indian army chief, Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane continued from where General Bipin Rawat left. After threatening to carry out “preemptive strikes” in Pakistan earlier this month, the new Indian army chief went one step ahead and said his force would take steps to take control of Pakistan-Controlled-Kashmir if the Indian government gave such an order.
Pakistan’s chief military spokesperson responded by saying that the ‘routine rhetoric’ was aimed at diverting attention from ongoing internal turmoil.