Faisal Hussain and Ahsan Khursheed were arrested just days after the September 18 attack. The army had claimed that the two had allegedly acted as guides of the terrorists who carried out the Uri attack.
They were handed over to the Jammu-based 16 Corps of the army on Wednesday after the NIA concluded that the two had strayed into the Indian side after a tiff with their parents due to pressure of studies.
The NIA had said that the evidence collected in the form of statements, technical analysis of their mobile phones, seized GPS devices and other circumstantial evidence collected by the NIA "did not reveal any linkage of the suspects with the Uri attackers".
"I am feeling very good about returning home. I am very excited to catch a glimpse of my home after six months, I am very happy," said Faisal.
In the past, there have been many instances of people inadvertently crossing the border, but they were handed over to the forces on the ground in low key fashion. But this case hit the headlines when a link was drawn with the Uri attack.
The move comes less than two months after Pakistan sent back Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had inadvertently crossed the border.
(With inputs from Press Trust of India)
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