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Spy wants payback for Pak prison days

Surjeet Singh, spy released from 31-year Pakistani imprisonment only 10 days ago, is ready to fight another battle. He has told the Indian authorities to either pay him due recognition and compensation or he will move the Supreme Court.

punjab Updated: Jul 06, 2012 17:06 IST
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar

Surjeet Singh, spy released from 31-year Pakistani imprisonment only 10 days ago, is ready to fight another battle.


He has told the Indian authorities to either pay him due recognition and compensation or he will move the Supreme Court. "I will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, defence minister AK Antony, foreign affairs minister SM Krishna, and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal," Surjeet told HT at his home in Fidda village, 38 km from Ferozepur. "I will give them the details of the works I did for the country on 85 espionage mission to Pakistan."

"In 30 years, none of the Indian authorities ever bothered about my family," said the repatriated spy. "I will ask them for a gas agency or petrol-filling station to see my family settled. If they do not help, I'll file a suit in the Supreme Court." The man claims he has enough evidence to show he was Indian spy in Pakistan. "I too have a dream of entering politics," he said, "but I'll not open my cards so early."

It wasn't RAW but MI

The moment he crossed Pakistan's Wagha border, the electronic and print media mobbed him for interviews. Baffled, he named RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) as the Indian agency that had sent him behind the enemy lines. "It was Military Intelligence rather," Surjeet corrected himself on Thursday.

Promise works

The promise of help from Punjab minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon was genuine. The supply of electricity to his house is now 24 hours a day, and order are out for laying a concrete road to his dwelling. "I divided Rs 3.50 lakh received from the Punjab government and local people among my children," said Surjeet. "I was happiest."

His release was after Pakistan first announced it was to free Indian death-row prisoner Sarabjit Singh. Hours later, clarified the order was for the freedom of Surjeet Singh instead.