Indian authorities return man, son to AJK

Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir
MUZAFFARABAD: Authorities in India-held Kashmir repatriated a man and his kid to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Sunday, a day after the duo unintentionally crossed the Line of Control (LoC) from Abbaspur sector of Poonch division, according to officials.

Abdul Hameed, 55, and his son Abbas, 34, were watering their cattle at a water channel near their Polas Kakuta hamlet about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday when they allegedly strayed into Indian-occupied area and were apprehended by Indian soldiers.

A fellow villager, Muhammad Hussain, 60, who was behind them saw what was going on and reported it to Pakistan army forces stationed in the back, an administration official told the press by phone from the region.

According to him, the army contacted their counterparts across the border for repatriation of the unintended crossers, and the duo was returned by Indian authorities on Sunday evening via the Tetrinote-Chakan Da Bagh crossing point.

Assistant Commissioner Abbaspur Malik Abdul Haleem and SHO Hajira Sardar Majid met the couple at the crossing point, where they were inspected by a senior doctor for any contagious diseases. They were later permitted to go home following a routine inquiry at a police station.

Villagers living along the unmarked LoC frequently become disoriented while herding livestock, cutting fodder, or collecting medicinal plants and herbs, and end up in difficulties on the other side of the split.


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