Two brothers, who had inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, were handed over back to Indian authorities in Mendhar area of the district, official sources said in Poonch on Wednesday.
Nine-year-old Nikhil and his seven-year-old brother Natish of Sarah village in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district had gone for grazing their cattle in nearby forest, close to the LoC, on the evening of July 27, they said.
One of the buffaloes near a stream stepped over a mine, which exploded causing serious injuries to the animal.
On watching the explosion, the boys panicked and ran towards PoK, where Pakistani rangers caught them.
When the parents and the villagers came to know about the incident, they approached army authorities at Jhangar with a request to get the boys back.
Yesterday, during a flag meeting at Roshni Post in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district, Pakistani authorities handed over the two brothers to the Indian army.
The boys were later handed over back to their parents who had reached there from Rajouri district, the sources added.