Guwahati, February 14, 2019
Pakistani authorities on February 12th, 2019 freed a 16-year-old boy from Assam who was apprehended by Pakistani rangers after he inadvertently strayed across the Indo-Pak border in August 2018.
Describing it as a ‘goodwill gesture’, Pakistani authorities released Bimal Narjere, a teenager from Assam and have alerted India’s Border Security Force(BSF) and initiated an enquiry.
India had initiated an inquiry, after the evidence of the boy’s identity was established by both sides. After completion of all legal requirements and verification of the Indian citizen’s identity, he was handed over to BSF personnel at Wagah Border on February 12th, 2019.
It may be mentioned that Pakistan has 54 civilian prisoners and 483 fishermen in its custody who are Indians or believed-to-be-Indians, while India says it has 249 Pakistan civilian prisoners and 98 fishermen in its custody.
India has proposed for a protocol between the two nations under which elders, women and children and those with mental issues are processed and freed on a priority basis.