Punjab: India Returns A 12-Year-Old Pakistani Boy Who Crossed Indian Border To Drink Water
October 4th, 2016
A 12-year-old boy named Mohammad Tanveer was handed back to Pakistan authorities on Monday. He had accidentally crossed the border. He was grazing his cattle near the border and came to Indian side in Punjab’s Ferozepur sector to drink water from a tube well.
India-Pakistan border is now being kept under strict surveillance by both government and army after the Uri attacks and India-led surgical strikes in Pakistan.
The boy was caught by the Border Security Force on Sunday evening at the Dona Tely Mal Border in Punjab. He accidently crossed to the Indian side to quench his thirst for water.
As per the protocol, the inadvertent crossers are handed back on humanitarian grounds. Tanveer was also sent back to his village Dhari in the Kasur district of Pakistan. He was kept overnight and was taken care by the BSF. He was then handed back to Pakistan authorities at about 11:00 AM on Monday.
A similar incident happened a few years back when a 7-year-old girl from India named Pooja Meghwal accidentally crossed Indian border when she lost her way towards home. She was then handed over to Indian authorities on a humanitarian basis.
Due to recent tensions between both the countries the security forces are on high alert along the Line of Control and despite such turmoil. The Logical Indian Community appreciates the gesture by BSF and it is praiseworthy considering the tough situation the two nations are in.