Gopal Das returns home from Pak after 27 years

Lahore/Attari: Touching the soil of the country after 27 years in Pakistani jail, Indian national Gopal Das today came home to an emotional welcome by his elder brother and sister who had last seen him as a young man.

52-year-old Das was set free after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari remitted his sentence on humanitarian grounds following an appeal by the Indian Supreme Court.

Das crossed over to the Indian side of the border from Pakistan at the Joint Check Post here after being freed by the authorities in the neighbouring country.

As soon as he entered India, he bowed his head on the soil and kissed it as tears welled up in his eyes.

Das`s family members, including his brother Anand Vir, two sisters and niece Navjot besides, a dozen people from Bhaini Mian Khan village of Gurdaspur district of Punjab were here to receive him.