New Delhi: Home minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday attempts were being made to free an Indian soldier in “Pakistan’s captivity”.
“The government has taken note of the media reports that say our soldier is in Pakistan captivity… India will take up the matter with Pakistan,” television channels reported Singh as saying.
Army maintains that the soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles with weapons “inadvertently crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control” and Pakistan has been informed about the incident by the director general of military operations Lt Gen Ranbir Singh.
Two officials based in Pakistan’s Chhamb’s sector told Reuters the Indian soldier with weapons was captured at 1.30pm local time on Thursday.
India earlier said it carried out “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control, taking out several temporary shelters militants were preparing to use to cross over into the country.
Singh on Friday held separate meetings with the chiefs of central security forces including the National Security Guard (NSG) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).