A Pakistani national was detained by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel near a border post in Bamyal sector in Pathankot district on Sunday morning.
Sources said the man whose name is Mohammad Shafi is suspected to be mentally challenged. The BSF recovered a cheque book, Rs 2,500 in Pakistani currency notes, some coins and empty bottles of soft drinks from his possession.
Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal said the man was arrested around 8am, and the BSF informed the police around noon. The BSF is yet to hand the man over to the police, he said, adding that it was too early to say if he was mentally challenged or a spy.
“His identity will be ascertained only after we quiz him,” said the SSP.
The Pakistani terrorists who had attacked the Dinanagar police station and Pathankot airbase had entered India from the Bamyal sector. There have also been cases of mentally challenged people crossing the border accidentally.