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Rajasthan man missing for five years is jailed in Pakistan: Police

Authorities are not clear how Jugraj Bheel (25), from Rampuria village, strayed into Pakistani territory.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2018 20:58 IST
Aabshar H Quazi, Hindustan Times, Kota
Missing Indian in Pakistan jail,India Pakistan border,Rajasthan
Jugraj Bheel’s father Bhairon Bheel has confirmed his identity. Authorities told the family they have approached MEA to secure Jugraj’s release from the Pakistani jail. (AFP File/Representative image)

A mentally challenged man missing from Rajasthan’s Bundi district for five years has been traced to a jail in Pakistan, an official said on Tuesday.

Jugraj Bheel, now 25, a resident of Rampuria village in Budi’s Dabi area is lodged in a jail in Karachi.

This is the second such case to have come to light in Rajasthan in about a fortnight. Last month, the family of Jaipur man Gajanand Sharma, untraceable for 36 years, came to know that he is lodged in a jail in Pakistan.

Officials said they were not clear how Bheel strayed into Pakistani territory. Superintendent of police, Bundi, Yogesh Yadav said he received a report from the state police headquarters last month seeking information about Bheel.

“We received an inquiry to verify Jugraj Bheel’s nationality. The youth is in a Pakistani jail. We have found his family members in Rampuria village, falling in Dabi police station area,” Yadav said.

As per Bheel’s family, he went missing around 5 years from the village.

Yadav said the state police headquarters had sought information about Bheel following a request from the Union ministry of external affairs.

Following a similar enquiry last week, Rajasthan Police found that 68-year-old Gajanand Sharma was also lodged ina Pakistan jail. Sharma had gone missing 36 years ago from his home in the Jaipur’s Brahampuri area. A police investigation confirmed his nationality and traced his family members.

Sharma’s son Mukesh said his father, a labourer, was missing since 1982. He, too, said that the family was not aware how Sharma landed up in Pakistan.

BJP in-charge for party affairs in Rajasthan, Avinash Rai Khanna, and Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra met Sharma’s family on June 2 and assured all possible help for his safe return from Pakistan.

They BJP leaders told the family that the party has written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking her intervention to secure Sharma’s release from the Pakistani jail.

First Published: Jun 05, 2018 16:12 IST