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Gopal Das to approach court to seek compensation from Govt

Gopal Das, who recently came back from Pakistan after spending 27 years in jail for allegedly spying for India, would approach court to seek compensation from government for India, which disowned him after he was caught in Pakistan.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2011 19:28 IST
Rajeev Bhaskar

Gopal Das, who recently came back from Pakistan after spending 27 years in jail for allegedly spying for India, would approach court to seek compensation from government for India, which disowned him after he was caught in Pakistan.



"I will soon file a case against the agency, which sent me for spying to Pakistan to seek compensation for 27 years, he spent in Pakistan Jails", Das told

Hindustan Times

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Claiming that he was given mere Rs 500 from the 'agency' for going to Pakistan and assured that in case anything wrong happens to him, his family would be looked after, Das (52), who was arrested in Pakistan when he was 25 year old, said that when he caught in Pakistan, the Indian government was first to disown him and no financial assistance was provided to his family during 27 years, when he was in jail.



Das, who stayed in different jails of Pakistan including, Sialkot, Multan, Mianwali and Lahore jail, revealed that there were as many as 38 more Indians were languishing in jail, out of which nine were caught on spying charges.



Maqbool Hussain, Ashoku Kumar, Kuldeep Singh, Kuldeep Kumar, Dharam Singh, Tilak raj, Sujit Singh, Ram Raj and Mohammed Farid were of Indian origin and caught for spying charges, Das said adding that Tilak Raj and Surjit Singh have already completed their sentence of imprisonment about four months back, but could not release as Indian government did not admitted that they are Indian citizen.



"When I was leaving the Lahore jail, all of the imprisoned Indians requested me to take up their case with Indian government", Das said pledging that at any level, he would rake up their case with media as well as Indian government through court and outside the court.



Asked whether he ever met Sarabjit Singh, who is facing death sentence in Pakistan for his alleged involvement in Lahore bomb blasts in 1990, Das said that only once he got opportunity to have interaction with Singh, who pleaded his innocence".



"Why don’t Indian government asks the Pakistan court the basis and evidences on which, Sarabjit Singh was sentenced for capital punishment", Das said.



Regarding condition under which he was kept in jail, Das said that for almost 11 years, he was chained by the Lahore authorities and even up to Wagha border also he was brought with his hands cuffed.



He reiterated his appeal to people that not to ever work as ‘spy’ for any of the Indian agency, as they would meet the same fate, as he met.



"Although spying is the backbone of any army action of Indian forces, but army personnel’s interest are taken care of but spies were disowned by the government", he rued.