11-Year-Old Boy Crosses LoC By Mistake, Indian Army Hands Him Over To Pakistan Side With New Clothes And Sweets

06/07/2015 2:52 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol near the India-Pakistan international border fencing at Garkhal, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of Jammu, India, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions along the Line of Control in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir drawing retaliation from Indian troops Sunday, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

SRINAGAR -- The Indian Army has handed over an 11-year-old boy from Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC), to the Pakistani Army.

Sameer Kayani, a resident of Laswa area of Athmuqam, was intercepted by troops deployed in the forward areas after he inadvertently crossed over to the Indian side on Thursday, army officials said here last night.

The Army sent an urgent hotline message to the Pakistani side after the boy was intercepted, they said.

The officials said that the message was initiated to inform the Pakistan Army of Kayani's safety along with a request for a flag meeting so that the boy could be united with his family at the earliest.

“The flag meeting was held at the Teetwal Crossing Point and the boy was handed over to representatives of Pakistan Army by the unit based at Tanghdar frontier area,” the officials said.

The Army also gave Kayani new clothes and sweets for his family across the LoC.

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