NEW DELHI - Several persons who returned to India from Pakistan after completing their sentence for spying have decided to approach the government for compensation for the years they spent behind bars. They claim they were on a ‘spying mission’ for Indian agencies and that the government discarded them once they got arrested in Pakistan. Even after their return to India after languishing in jail, the authorities remained indifferent towards them, they said. Here are a few examples:
Sunil Masih, who is from Dadwain village of India, was arrested in 1999 in Shakargarh, Pakistan. He spent eight years in jail and returned home in 2006 in a critical condition.
A resident of Gurdaspur, he was ‘pushed’ into Pakistan in 1983 and got arrested in 1988. He returned in 2005 after spending almost 18 years behind bars. He moved court for compensation. The matter is pending in Supreme Court.
He crossed over to Pakistan in 1981, was arrested and sentenced to death in 1985 for espionage. The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 1989. But he could walk free only last Thursday.
Daniel is a resident of Gurdaspur district’s Dadwain village and was apprehended by Pakistani Rangers in 1993. He was jailed on spying charges and spent over four years in prison. He now pulls a rickshaw.