Once an agent of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), a claim rejected by the Indian secret service agency, David Masih is a dejected man today. Bedridden after a paralytic attack, he has been deserted by his own sons.
A resident of Dadwan village in Gurdaspur district, David was allegedly sent to Pakistan by the RAW on September 8, 1999, but was apprehended by the Pak rangers, who handed him over to the Pakistan police.
Prior to his recruitment as an agent by the RAW, David was assured of all financial help. But soon after his arrest in Pakistan, RAW went back on its promise. During his stay in Pakistani jails, his wife Neena did household chores in the village to earn her livelihood and looked after her two sons.
After spending 8 years in Pakistan, David was freed in 2006. Once back in India, all attempts of David to remind RAW of the promises made to him went futile. He, along with wife, even visited the RAW office in New Delhi twice, but the authorities advised him to return after paying him the bus fare.
After this he pulled rickshaw for six years, before he suffered a severe paralytic attack in which his left side went numb. As if that was not enough, his two sons deserted him three months ago.
Now, the couple is left to fend for themselves. David's wife Neena works as a maid to make both ends meet and also bears the expenses of David's treatment.