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Kashmir Singh denies saying he was a spy

Singh says that the media has distorted his statement made at a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2008 21:23 IST

Kashmir Singh, who returned to India recently after spending 35 years in Pakistan jails, on Saturday went back on his statement on Friday that he was a spy.

Singh told PTI on telephone that the media had distorted his statement made at a press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday on his working for the government in seventies.

At the Meet-the-Press programme in Chandigarh on Saturday, he had admitted to having worked as a spy and also blamed government agencies for not having looked after his family after his arrest in Pakistan.

But on Saturday he said his statement was distorted. Singh declined to give any details of his working for the government. "I did not give the statement of my being a spy," he said.

Answering a question he declined that he was retracting Friday's statement under pressure. "There was no pressure on me to withdraw the statement," he added.

His childhood friend Gurmit Chand Bhardwaj, a former Joint Director of News in AIR, told PTI in Chandigarh that Singh maintains that he worked for the government.

Bhardwaj also said that Pakistan Human Rights Minister Ansar Burney, who had played a key role in the release of Singh, also rang up and talked to Singh on Saturday seeking clarifications on his spy statement.

Singh was stated to have worked for the army and for the Punjab Police as a constable.