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Match made in heaven for spy back from hell

Released from hell during cricket World Cup, the spy is going to have his match fixed.

india Updated: May 26, 2011 19:09 IST
Kamaljit Singh Kamal
Kamaljit Singh Kamal
Hindustan Times

Released from hell during cricket World Cup, the spy is going to have his match fixed.

Gopal Dass, 52, of Bhaini Mian Khan village in Gurdaspur district, who returned to India last month after about 27 years of imprisonment in Pakistan and settled into struggle for a new life, is expected to marry a woman of 37 from Himachal Pradesh in the coming days.

The woman is the daughter of the brother-in-law of his elder brother, Anand Veer, who will retire on June 1 as assistant executive engineer from a semi-government telecommunication company in Mohali.

"The two families are close to fixing the match, and you’ll hear good news in a few days," Veer told Hindustan Times.

The family of Dass, since his return, is trying to settle him into family life and business. His brothers make furniture. "Dass has no experience of running a furniture house, so he wants to do another work," said Veer. "He might open a confectionery shop somewhere in the state."

Dass, who had come to Veer's house in Chandigarh to attend his pre-retirement party, told HT on telephone on Wednesday that he had done a great service to the nation. "The Central and state governments did not reward my work as a spy. None of their representatives has cared to know if I need any help in rehabilitation."

The spy remembers how Kashmir Singh of Nanagal Choran village of Hoshiarpur district, who was captive in Pakistan on the same charge before the United Nations efforts in 2008 got him free, received a 1-kanal residential plot and Rs 10 lakh from the state government. Dass is looking for similar courtesies.

Partap Singh Bajwa, member of parliament from Gurdaspur, did visit his house at Bhaini Mian Khan but could offer him no help. The only honour and assistance came from people in Gujarat. Gujarati newspaper "Sandesh" gave him cheque for Rs 1 lakh, and another cheque for Rs 20,000 came from the mayor of Rajkot in the east-coast state.

A cheque for Rs 11,000 each from the newspaper Punjab Kesri and market committee of Jalandhar was also use. "Dass filed writ petitions in the Supreme Court and high court to seek compensation from the

Central and the state governments," said his elder brother, Veer.

On March 27, Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari declared Dass free in friendly gesture before the visit of Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to Mohali to watch the India-Pakistan clash in the cricket World Cup semi-final. On April 7, the spy returned to India, to begin a new struggle.

First Published: May 26, 2011 19:05 IST