Pakistan releases ailing Indian prisoner after 5 years

Attari (Amritsar): The Pakistani government today repatriated a young Indian national who was suffering from thalassemia, a blood disorder, officials said.

Indian national Jitendra Arjunwar (21) was handed over to the BSF at Attari border where a formal medical was conducted before shifting him to civil hospital in Amritsar, the officials said.

Arjunwar, a resident of Madhya Pradesh’s Barghat town, was repatriated to India on humanitarian ground as he was suffering from thalassemia.

He was released from Karachi’s juvenile jail early morning and was flown to Lahore to hand over to Indian authorities at Attari border.

He came back on the basis of an emergency travel certificate issued by the Pakistan based Indian High commission to facilitate him to reach back to India.

At the time of his repatriation he was looking pale and week. Arjunwar had crossed into Pakistan unintentionally five years back from the Rajasthan border on August 12, 2013, following an heated argument with his family.

He remained under treatment at the juvenile jail in Pakistan due to the disorder before being transferred to district jail Landhi where all the Indian prisoners are kept since January 2015.

He was lodged in Hyderabad jail after being sentenced to one-year imprisonment by the court and shifted to Karachi on completing his jail term in 2014.

Despite repeated correspondence with the Indian embassy, the Pakistani authorities could not ascertain Jitendra’s status as an Indian citizen.

However, his Indian citizenship was confirmed a few months back, after which the authorities decided to send him back.