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Jaipur-resident Gajanand Sharma to return home after languishing in Pak jail for 36 years

Sharma is among 30 Indian citizens to arrive at Wagah border on Monday. Nearly 29 of them are reportedly fishermen. They will reach Wagah border by 1 pm by train

August 13, 2018, 11:24 am

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Family members showing an old photo of Gajanand Sharma who went missing from Jaipur 36 years ago

Jaipur: Sixty-nine-year-old Gajanand Sharma who went missing from Jaipur 36 years ago will be brought to India with 29 other Indian citizens from Pakistan. The train carrying these 30 Indian citizens will leave from Karachi, after their release from jail and will arrive at Wagah border around 1 pm. The Pakistan government has decided to release them on August 13 from the Lakhpat Jail of Lahore, a day before the Pakistan Independence Day, said Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra. Many of the cases have been reported earlier, where most of the Indian citizens have crossed international border accidentally and were lodged in foreign prison. Among these 30 men who are being released from Pakistan’s jail, nearly 29 of them are reportedly fishermen. They will reach Wagah border around 1 pm. Around 36 years ago, Gajanand Sharma, a resident of Fatehram Ka Teeba in Nahargarh area of Jaipur went missing. The state home department received a request for the confirmation of his identity and Indian citizenship from Pak authorities. In his statement to the Pak authorities, Gajanand had mentioned Mahar Kalan near Samod as his native village. A Samod police team went to his ancestral house and found that the family had moved to Jaipur. They spoke to his son Mukesh over the phone in April. It was only when Gajanand’s family members came to know about his languishing in a Pak jail. These men are being lodged in Pakistan’s Prison for more than 30 years. After their disappearance, there was no information related to them in these years.

First published: August 13, 2018
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