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Madhya Pradesh tribal returns home from Pak jail

This is a ‘ghar wapsi’ without any controversies. A tribal farmer from MP who went to Punjab in search of work but ended up in a Pakistani jail 3 years ago, finally returned home on Monday.

bhopal Updated: Dec 31, 2014 00:22 IST
Shams Ur Rehman Alavi
Budhram-Marko-with-his-mother-at-his-home-in-Dindori-on-Tuesday-HT-photo
Budhram-Marko-with-his-mother-at-his-home-in-Dindori-on-Tuesday-HT-photo

This is a ‘ghar wapsi’ without any controversies.

A tribal farmer from Madhya Pradesh who went to Punjab in search of work but ended up in a Pakistani jail three years ago, finally returned home on Monday, sparking celebrations in his village.

Dindori superintendent of police Mohammad Yusuf Qureshi said that Budhram Marko arrived at his native Suharin Tola village from Amritsar, accompanied by a family-member and a policeman.

Marko, 36, was handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border last week.

Last year, Hindustan Times had published a report about Marko’s imprisonment in a jail in Lahore after his identity was confirmed.

"Right now he looks weak and may require medication. We wish the administration would help him stand on his feet by giving him employment," said Marko’s nephew Pratap Singh over phone from Suharin Tola, around 470 km from Bhopal.

Marko’s mother Sukalia Devi said that he went missing from home in October, 2011.

It is, however, unclear how he entered Pakistan where he was sentenced to a year in prison in July, 2012 for entering the country illegally, police said.

The relieved mother added that she was delighted to have her son back and would hold a feast for the villagers to celebrate his homecoming.

The family also organised a special puja to mark his return.

Marko and his five brothers are marginal farmers but also engage in odd jobs for extra income.

Family-members said that Marko has been keeping to himself after his return and is yet to narrate his ordeal.