Pakistani siblings who strayed into India sent back after a year at juvenile home
Babar Ali and his younger brother Ali Raza were handed over to Pakistani officials on Monday.india Updated: Jun 05, 2017 22:31 IST
Hoshiarpur Pakistani nationals Babar Ali, 16, and his younger brother Ali Raza were handed over to Pakistani officials on Monday after languishing at separate juvenile homes in Hoshiarpur and Faridkot for almost a year.
The two brothers had strayed into Indian territory inadvertently in July last year. They had completed their sentence of 45 days, as awarded by the Juvenile Justice Board, Amritsar in August but due to diplomatic hitches, they could not be repatriated. In May this year, Hoshiarpur MLA Sunder Sham Arora wrote to Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj seeking her intervention in the case.
On Monday, Hoshiarpur DC Vipul Ujjwal received repatriation orders from the ministry following which Babar was immediately released and escorted to Attari border .
“As soon as we got the orders, we made arrangements for the boy’s return,” said Ujjwal. “The MEA was under impression that both the brothers were lodged in Hoshiarpur but when clarified, it got in touch with Faridkot administration and facilitated Raza’s release also,” he informed. “As per the information, the boys had been duly handed over to the Pakistan Rangers,” he said.