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A shoddy job of detention at the Lampur centre

“Chhabis Janwari aane wala hai, inko kahin khatm na kardein (January 26 is near, they could be killed),” said Rizwanul Haq, a resident of Lahore in Pakistan, arrested with the three convicted ISI agents — Abdul Razzak, Mohammad Sadiq alias Aslam and Rafaqat Ali — who escaped after fooling an Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) sub inspector last Friday, reports Vijaita Singh.

delhi Updated: Jan 06, 2010 23:36 IST
Vijaita Singh

“Chhabis Janwari aane wala hai, inko kahin khatm na kardein (January 26 is near, they could be killed),” said Rizwanul Haq, a resident of Lahore in Pakistan, arrested with the three convicted ISI agents — Abdul Razzak, Mohammad Sadiq alias Aslam and Rafaqat Ali — who escaped after fooling an Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) sub inspector last Friday.

On Wednesday, HT spoke with the detainees, who fear if they step out of the detention centre even with an escort, they might be killed.

Lodged at the Lampur detention centre in Narela, Haq (42) said, “The other foreigners get preferential treatment. We are not prisoners. We have completed our sentences.”

No checks

“We went out shopping, even visited restaurants. An escort always accompanied us,” said Maqsood in broken English.

He has been languishing at the centre after his release from jail for four years. He added it was only after the trio escaped that security was upgraded at Lampur.

‘nothing illegal’

The Pakistani detainees at Lampur said they could meet anyone. “Our families send money from Pakistan. We receive the money from relatives and friends. There is nothing illegal in it,” Maqsood said.

A day after the trio escaped, the security operation at the detention centre that used to be handled by the IRB was handed over to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Desperate to return

Mohammad Saeed (52), a resident of Lahore, has two daughters and a son. “My eldest daughter (19 years old) is of marriageable age now,” he said.

Saeed used to make showpieces to make ends meet.

His wife looks after the family now, he said.

He claimed to have been staying at a maternal uncle’s house in Bhajanpura when he was picked up in 2005.

“I later came to know that I had been arrested on charges of spying. I have completed my jail sentence on September 8 last year,” he said.

“I have to return. But no one listens to us,” he said.

Terrorists could be posing as passengers

The trio who fled on Friday, bought a travellers bag from Jama Masjid. “After leaving Jaffrabad, Abdul Razzaq regrouped with the other two at Jama Masjid.

They then bought a travellers bag, a shopkeeper informed us,” said a senior police officer.

Police fear the trio posing as passengers could have used rail and bus service to slip out of the city.