In a Flag meeting held on International Boundary opposite BOP Octroi on Pakistan side, Ct Satya Sheel Yadav was handed over by Pakistan Rangers to BSF Officials today at 3.30 PM (IST).
The flag meeting was held between Commandant BSF, Jammu and Wing Commander Pak Rangers in which three other officials of Pak Rangers also participated.
On the Indian side, Commandant BSF Jammu along with three officials took part in the deliberations. The flag meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere. Both the sides reiterated their commitment to uphold peace and tranquility on border and extend all cooperation to each other in dealing with emergent incidents like this in a proactive and positive manner.
On 06 Aug’14, Ct Satya Sheel Yadav along with seven other personnel was a part of a routine BSF Motor Boat Patrol on routine duty in Chenab river when the engine of the boat suddenly failed at about 11 am and the boat was caught in the main current of the fast flowing Chenab.
It started drifting downstream towards Pakistan. Six personnel managed to swim to safety and one was saved by rescue boat launched immediately. Ct Satya Sheel Yadav, who jumped into the river to escape safely, was however carried away by the river current to Pakistan.
Pakistan Rangers were contacted immediately through established procedures to trace and return the Constable. Pakistan Rangers acted promptly on BSF request and later intimated safe custody of BSF constable, who has been handed over today.
Director General BSF Sh. D K Pathak reached Jammu today and met Ct Satya Sheel. He expressed relief over his safe return and appreciated him for his grit and morale under trying circumstances.
He expressed the deep concern of Govt of India and BSF over the safety of the troops deployed on Border and reassured full support and welfare of all personnel. The hectic efforts at both the level of BSF and Govt of India has resulted in handing over of the constable by Pak Rangers. The Prompt response of Pak Rangers was also appreciated by the DG BSF.