Indian officials return man and his son to AJK

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Indian officials send a man and his son back to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Sunday, according to officials in controlled Kashmir, a day after they unintentionally crossed the Line of Control (LoC) from the Abbaspur sector of Poonch division.

Around 1:30 pm on Saturday, Abdul Hameed, 55, and his son Abbas, 34, were watering their cattle at a water channel close to their Polas Kakuta village when they reportedly wandered into the area occupied by Indian soldiers and were taken into custody.

As per official, 60-year-old villager Muhammad Hussain saw what was happening behind them and alerted the Pakistani army officers stationed in the back.

He claimed that the Indian authorities returned the pair on Sunday night via the Tetrinote-Chakan Da Bagh crossing point after the army called their counterparts on the other side of the border to repatriate the unintentional crossers.

The two were met by SHO Hajira Sardar Majid and Assistant Commissioner Abbaspur Malik Abdul Haleem at the crossing point, where a top physician checked them for any contagious diseases. They were later let to leave the police station following a normal interrogation.

When herding cattle, cutting fodder, or gathering medicinal plants and herbs, villagers living along the unmarked LoC frequently get lost and end up in trouble on the other side of the queue.