India Accused of Espionage Will Come Home After 8 Years in Pak Jail | India News
KANPUR: A joint team consisting of a district official, a deputy inspector (LIU) and a deputy inspector (civil police) departed for Amritsar to bring back Shamshuddin, the 62-year-old man from Beri Ka Hata, under the confines of the police of Bajaria. Kanpur station, who served eight years in a Pakistani prison since 2012 on charges of being an “Indian spy”.
He had crossed into India from the Attari-Wagah border after his release from Karachi jail on October 26 and is currently housed in a quarantine center in Amritsar.
A court in Pakistan had convicted Shamshuddin for allegedly possessing a false passport.
Shamshuddin, an expert in making shoe uppers, was booked into Karachi prison after his sentence on October 24, 2012. His eight-year sentence ended on October 26, police sources reported adding that Amritsar authorities he had been quarantined at a rehabilitation center in Narayangarh district.
The Amritsar administration, after finding out his family’s whereabouts in Kanpur, is preparing to hand him over to his family members, who arrived there on Tuesday.
“A team made up of a district official in addition to SI (LIU) and SI (Civil Police) went to Amritsar to bring Shamshuddin back to Kanpur after completing all the legal formalities there,” said SP West Anil Kumar.
Police sources further informed TOI that his brother (Shamshuddin) Faheemuddin and his brother-in-law Dilshad had arrived in Amritsar on Tuesday. “They had a meeting with the officials at the deputy commissioner’s office in Amritsar, but since they did not carry the NOC from the Kanpur district authorities, they were unable to bring Shamshuddin back to Kanpur,” the sources said.
Faheemuddin told TOI by phone: “My brother shudders even at the name Pakistan. He was mentally and physically tortured by Pakistani law enforcement agencies during interrogation. They asked him where his ancestors had belonged and what purpose he had in mind while visiting Pakistan, ”Faheemuddin said. “The government of Pakistan released him after eight years,” he said.