Pakistan releases children of Indian fishermen
The children, who were handed over to an Indian diplomat in Pakistan SS Mehta, were flown to Mumbai.india Updated: May 28, 2006 04:37 IST
Two children of Indian fishermen, languishing in Pakistani jails for the past six months, were released and sent home on Saturday.
Ten-year old Piyush Prakash Ramji and Bharat Babu (9), provided dresses, shoes and new watches presented by a welfare society, were all smiles as they reached back home after months.
Back into the open skies, the children incarcerated by Pakistani authorities on November 27, last year, said they were treated well and a "homely atmosphere" prevailed in Dinar jail where they played cricket and ate sweets.
The children, who were handed over to an Indian diplomat in Pakistan SS Mehta, were flown upto Mumbai, from where they were brought to Daman and Diu, their homeland, by an official of the fishing department, Shankar Ajnani.
Ramji and Babu said they were very happy to travel by air.
However, Ajnani said they wished their fathers and other relatives, who were detained by the Pakistani authorities for allegedly crossing over into their territorial waters, were also released.
He said Pakistani authorities had assured the children's relatives would join them when they release 71 of the 505 detained fishermen in reciprocation of India's similar goodwill gesture.