Indian soldier Chandu Chavan, who was captured by Pakistani forces after surgical strikes, resigns complaining harassment, Indian army denies allegations of torture

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Chandu Chavan, who was captured by Pakistani Rangers in 2016 after he inadvertently crossed over to the neighbouring country, has resigned from the Indian army complaining harassment and torture. The Indian army has, however, denied his allegations.

Chandu Chavan
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Chavan, who sent his resignation to his unit commander in Ahmednagar, alleged that ever since he was released by the Pakistani forces, he was being looked at with suspicion by his own army. “Since I came back from Pakistan, I have been continuously harassed in the Army and am being looked at with suspicion, that is why I decided to quit,” news agency PTI quoted him as saying.

Rejecting his allegations, the Indian army has reportedly termed Chavan ‘a perpetual offender.’ ANI quoted army sources as saying that the Indian army jawan had five disciplinary proceedings initiated against him for various offences. “Repeated counselling and efforts to rehabilitate him by the Indian Army have been futile because of his lackadaisical & complacent attitude. Army will under no circumstances accept indiscipline of this nature,” the news agency quoted army sources as saying.

Chavan, who hails from Bohrivir in Dhule district of Maharashtra, was captured by Pakistani Rangers in 2016 right after the surgical strikes and held captive for four months before being released to India.

Last month, Chavan met with an accident and had to be admitted in a hospital with deep injuries on his face and skull. According to reports, his four teeth also broke in the accident as he sustained abrasion below his eyebrow and left chin, as well as his upper lip.

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