His legs still bear testimony to the torture in the jail in Sindh. “I gave up my family, I gave up my family name, I went to jail … was tortured … now what? The government has still not given me freedom fighter’s pension,” the Shivalik resident said.
After Partition, he migrated to Bombay, before shifting to Delhi in 1952 to work in the Ministry of Rehabilitation. Following advertisements by Delhi government in 1957 and the (MHA) in 1972, he submitted his claim as a freedom fighter.
The MHA told him a namesake from Indore was drawing his pension and that his file has gone missing. In the meantime, he retired in 1980 and continues to draw a monthly pension of Rs. 10,000. If he is declared a freedom fighter, he will be entitled to an additional Rs. 17,000 a month.
He finally wrote to the chief justice of Delhi HC in August 2010. The court sought replies from the MHA and Delhi government. “At this age, my fight is not for money but necessarily for recognition as a freedom fighter,” the nonagenarian said.