Relatives of Indians lodged in various jails of Pakistan now have their fears compounded after the violent deaths of Sarabit Singh and Sanaullah Haq.
“I am now very much worried about my husband, who is still in Pakistan. Before the episodes concerning Sarabjit and Chamel Singh (who died in March), we were somewhat confident of getting our relatives back. But the recent incidents of jail violence have put us in great anxiety,” said Urmila Devi, 40, wife of Kuldip Singh, on the phone from Makwal, 50 km south-east of Jammu.
Vishno Devi, wife of Om Prakash, broke down on the phone while recalling her husband’s capture in Pakistan in June 1998 and is still awaiting his return.
“I came to know only through repatriated persons that my husband is lodged in jail in Muzaffarbad and his name does not appear on the list of those repatriated,” she said, adding that a letter from her husband stated that Pakistani agencies made religious conversion a condition for early repatriation with the allurement of being suitably rewarded if he undertook militant activities on Indian soil.
“My husband has refused and is still holed up there,” she said.
“Both governments should act fast and get their people released. Tightening security or making high-security zones will serve no purpose now.”