Banda resident releasedfrom Pak jail after 12 yrs | Kanpur News


Kanpur: After spending 12 years in a Pakistan jail, Banda resident Ram Bahadur (45) was released on Monday. A native of Banda’s Pachokhar village in Tindwari town, Ram Bahadur was reeling under a psychological disorder and had illegally crossed over to Pakistan, police said.
He was arrested on suspicion that he was an Indian spy and was released on August 30. He was handed over to the Punjab authorities, said senior police officials on Wednesday.
Speaking to the media, his family members thanked the government for bringing him back to India.
After Ram Bahadur went missing in 2009, his family members lodged a complaint with the Tindwari police station.
A case was registered in this regard and as efforts were on to trace him, the family came to know in January 2021 that he was detained in Pakistan.
His father Gilla Prajapati told reporters that Ram Bahadur was mentally unsound and went missing some 12 years ago.
“We had searched, but couldn’t find him. We presumed him dead in some accident, and we did not have even the slightest of inkling that he crossed the border and reached Pakistan and was imprisoned there,” said Prajapati.
His younger brother Maiku said that Ram Bahadur was the eldest of the two brothers. Village head Santosh Kumar said that detailed information about Ram Bahadur has been made available to the district administration.
“On Tuesday, Lekhpal Khushbu Gupta reached Ram Bahadur’s house and got him identified through video calling. Later, Amritsar administration and Army officers interacted with Ram Bahadur’s father Gilla Prajapati and mother Kusuma,” said village head Santosh Kumar.
“Pakistani authorities had released him on Monday. He reached India via Attari. However, he has been kept in the hospital in Amritsar, Punjab. He will be there for two days. On the instructions of the government, the Banda administration and police officials have verified Ram Bahadur and sent the report to the Amritsar administration,” informed superintendent of police Banda, Abhinandan.


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