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In goodwill gesture, India releases 39 Pakistani prisoners

india Updated: Mar 01, 2017 19:01 IST
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BSF personnel stand next to released Pakistani prisoners waiting to cross the India-Pakistan border at Wagah near Amritsar.(AFP)

In yet another goodwill gesture, India on Wednesday released 39 Pakistani prisoners and handed them over to Pakistan at the Wagah border near Amritsar.

The prisoners include 21 people who served out their sentence in India, and 18 fishermen.

The Border Security Force handed over the prisoners to Pakistan Rangers personnel.

Earlier this month, the BSF had also handed over a Pakistani national who inadvertently crossed into to India.

Over two months ago, Pakistan had released 217 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture, taking the total number of Indians released to 447.

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Pakistan also handed over an Indian soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, to Indian authorities at the Wagah border on January 21.

The first batch of fishermen from Pakistan was freed on December 25. The Pakistan government freed 220 Indian fishermen who were in jail for more than a year as a goodwill gesture after Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. A batch of 218 fishermen was released on January 5.