Pak to release 17 Indians today
Amritsar, June 22
The Pakistani Government has decided to release as many as, 17 Indians who, have been languishing in the Pakistani jails from past two to 10 years. Though, the number of Indians lodged in the Pakistani jails are said to be much more than 17, the Pakistani Government has decided to release only those Indians whose identity or nationality has been confirmed.
Most of those to be released on Wednesday around 11 am through the Attari border check post are said to be those Indians who had crossed into Pakistan inadvertently at different points of time during past a decade.
Though, officially both the governments of India and Pakistan have not stated anything about prisoners but, highly placed sources revealed that some of Indian prisoners could have got mentally deranged to some extent due to their long stay in jails coupled with prolonged uncertainty about their future. More than a dozen Indians who, were earlier released by Pakistan at different points of time were lodged in mental facilities in Amritsar itself, sources pointed out.
We have got confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about release of as many as, 17 Indians. They will be set-free at the Wagah border from 11 am onwards, said Deputy Commissioner KS Pannu. The office of the DC has also received a copy of a letter sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan. He said adequate arrangements had been made to facilitate the release and their subsequent travel into India.
The Indians to be released have been identified as Mohammed Sameer, Seeta Ram, Mir Muhammad, alias Miro, Mohammed Soomar Khan, alias Juma, alias Kojo, Imamudin, Vinju Ram, Anwar Mohammed, Rama Ram, Rashid Masih, Ishra Ram, ILyas, Raja Singh, alias Billa, Ganesh Pandi, Riaz-Ud-Din, Vijay Kumar, alias Mohammad Abdullab and Boota Ram. Most of Indian prisoners hailed from Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir while, four of them belonged to Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Fatehpur (UP), and Loni in Ghaziabad (UP).