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Distraught Indian woman lands in Pakistan jail

A woman left her home in Pradesh hoping to bring him back has instead crossed into Pakistan and is in a jail.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 14:05 IST

Unable to come to terms with her husband's death, a woman left her home in Himachal Pradesh hoping to "bring him back". Instead she crossed into Pakistan and is in a jail.

Chandra Devi, from Mandi district, wasn't able to bear the death of her husband Amar Singh, a Border Security Force (BSF) head constable, who was killed by his colleagues in 2004 in Tripura. The body was brought to his village.

The widow lost her mental balance and began speaking about bringing him back alive. She left her home early last year, telling her two teenaged children that she was going in search of their father.

When she did not return even a couple of months later, her 16-year-old son Arun lodged a complaint with the Dharampur town police station, 180 km from Shimla.

"We circulated her photograph widely including to the BSF. Last week, we got a telephone call from a BSF official from Jalandhar (Punjab) asking us to verify a woman in a Pakistan jail," said a police officer in Mandi.

The family members went to Jalandhar and confirmed that the Indian woman in the Pakistani jail was indeed Chandra Devi. How she got there is not clear.

The BSF hopes to take up her case February 14 with the Pakistani Rangers.

First Published: Feb 01, 2007 14:05 IST