SIALKOT: An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier was arrested after crossing the working border into Pakistani territory near Kuleil village in Sialkot's Bajwat sector on Wednesday.

Intelligence sources confirmed that the Indian soldier was taken into custody by Chenab Rangers after he entered Pakistani territory .

He was later shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning.

A report on The Hindu website claimed that a boat, which was carrying a group of BSF soldiers, developed a fault while negotiating a bend on the Chenab River.

The soldiers disembarked the vessel to save themselves when one of them was swept away by strong currents of the river.

“We are in touch with Pakistan Rangers and have sought a flag meeting. We are hopeful that our trooper will be handed back to us sooner than later,” BSF chief D K Pathak was quoted in the report.

A spate of cross-border skirmishes, exchange of fire and incidents of deaths have been reported on both sides of the Pak-India border this year. Multiple incidents have been reported specifically from Sialkot.

On July 21 this year, at least one person was killed and three others injured during an exchange of fire across the border near Silakot's Charwah and Mirajkey sectors.

On July 16, two Pakistani soldiers were wounded in an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani forces in Charwah sector near Sialkot.

The sporadic, ongoing attacks have raised tensions between India and Pakistan, who have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.

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