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Indian nationals set free by Pakistan wait for someone to take them home

punjab Updated: Feb 27, 2012 19:11 IST
Aseem Bassi

Eleven days back, 6 Indian nationals, were set free by Pakistan after making them spend years in jails. Now they are in there country (India), one has gone to his house but 5 are still waiting for someone to take them home.

In a wait that someone will come and take them home, the Indian nationals, who have different stories tell, are currently looked after the District Administration.

The Administration has shot off letters to officials in their respective states but till now, the wait is on.

As you move into the Red Cross office in the city, you can find five persons resting in a lawn and lost in their own thoughts.

Sanesar Chaudhary, Hari Chand, Ghulam Nabi Shah, Meeru and Mohammad Ahmad. These are persons who walked free from Pakistan on February 16 and are now here in yet another wait.

As you talk to them, they have there woes to tell but at times what they tell is confusing, indicating that how disturbed they are after spending years in jails of Pakistan and remaining away from family.

They can’t clearly tell where their home is but they all want to go home.

Hari Chand, who hails from Maharashtra claims, I had come to Delhi with friends. Slept on a railway station and when I woke up my friends were not there. I boarded a train that took me to a border village of Punjab. I was made to work there by someone and then to run away from there I boarded a train that took me to Pakistan.”

It happened in 2007. I want to go home now and I am waiting for someone to come, said Hari Chand.

Meeru from Orrisa, Sanesar Choudhary from Bihar can’t answer much as they were asked about there home and who is in their family.

“Badi Pehle Gaya tha,” that’s what Meeru says, when asked that when he went to Pakistan.

However, one Ghulam Nabi, who hails from Baramulla and claims that he had worked with CISF, has something to share.

“ I was not well and had gone to Azad Kashmir (POK) to take money from my uncle so that I could get my treatment done. I could not meet my uncle there but the Pakistan Army nabbed me and sent me to jail.”

I spent about 5 years in jail. I do want to go home, he adds. Can’t tell, who all are there at his house.

Bound by the rules, the Administration cannot let them on their own and leave them. Policemen are being deployed there for security.

Interestingly, the Ministry of Home Affairs had informed the respective states on February 10 through a letter that these persons would be set free by Pakistan on February 16. But till now, no official from their respective states have turned up.

We cannot let them go until someone comes and takes them after verification, says an official at Red Cross.