LoC Point Opened for 20 Minutes to Allow 2 Boys Return Home

Poonch: Crossing point along the military Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan was thrown open for 20 minutes on Friday to allow two boys, one from Indian side and other from Pakistani side, to be repatriated.  Both the boys had inadvertently crossed the LoC within the last fortnight.

“The gate at Chakkan-Da-Bagh crossing point (in Poonch district) opened at 12:40-13:00 hours for handing and taking over of the boys of both sides who had illegally crossed over to (Pakistani side of Kashmir) from sector Bandichechian and entered into this side from sector Gulpur,” an official said.

The boys were handed and taken over by authorities on either side in presence of witnesses after completing legal formalities, the official said. One among them, Mohammad Shabir (17) son of Mohammad Bashir Gujjar of Mandhar Mohallah Kayian had gone missing from his house on 24 December last year and had crossed over to Pakistani side of Kashmir via  Kirni Bandichechian sector along the LoC. In this regard, a missing report was lodged at police station Poonch on 25 December 2020, the official said.

Similarly, the boy from Pak controlled Kashmir, Ali Haider (14) son of Mohammad Sharief of Bandi -Abbasspur (Pak), was apprehended by SOG Poonch on 31 December last year from Gulpur sector.

DIG Rajouri Poonch Range Vivek Gupta said that the meeting of the officials from either side of the LoC point was fixed formally and subsequently handing over and taking over of the boys took place. (GNS)

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