Zee Media Bureau
Jammu: Pakistan will on Friday release a BSF constable who was swept away to Pakistan by the powerful current of the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan Rangers agreed to release BSF jawan Satyasheel Yadav at a flag meeting sought by BSF officials yesterday.
Sources said Yadav, who hails from Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh, would be released between 2:00 and 3:00 pm.
Yadav today appeared before the Pakistani media and said that he was made to feel comfortable by Pakistani Rangers, who had rescued him from the Chenab river.
“I have not faced any problem in Pakistan,” the BSF trooper said, flanked by Rangers` officials.
"They took my introduction. They helped me to the extent they could. They kept me better than what I had thought. I have no complaints. I am happy," the 30-year-old jawan said.
Yadav told reporters that his boat accidentally strayed into Pakistan after it went out of control in strong river currents.
"My colleagues swam out but I did not know swimming. The boat took me into Pakistani territory. I jumped into water near a Pakistan post and was rescued by jawans of Pakistan Rangers," he said in his narration of the events leading to his capture.
Yadav, who was part of a water patrol party of the BSF in Akhnoor area of the international border, was swept away in the river after their motorboat developed a mechanical fault on Wednesday.
The trooper was carried by the river current to Bajwaat village in Sialkot area of Pakistan.
On Thursday, India raised diplomatically both in New Delhi and Islamabad the issue of the expeditious release of the BSF constable.
(With agency inputs)