'Goodwill gesture': India's BSF returns three-year-old Pakistani boy to rangers

July 02, 2022

BSF says as it was a case of inadvertent crossing and had approached Pakistan Rangers

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India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol near the fenced border with Pakistan at the Wagah border, on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Amritsar. — Reuters/File

A three-year-old Pakistani boy was handed over to rangers by India's Border Security Force (BSF) as he had crossed over the Indian territory inadvertently, Deccan Herald reported.

The BSF, in a statement issued, said that the Pakistani boy was interrogated by the BSF troops (Ferozpur sector) in Indian Punjab on Friday.

“The child was unable to reveal anything and was kept under safe custody of BSF,” the statement read, adding that as it was a case of inadvertent crossing, the BSF approached the Pakistan Rangers.

The BSF clarified that the child was handed over to the Pakistan Rangers as a “goodwill gesture” and on “humanitarian grounds”.

"The BSF always takes a humane approach while dealing with inadvertent border crossers,” it said.

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