89 Indian prisoners released from Pakistan reach home

April 15th, 2011 - 11:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Attari (Punjab), April 15 (IANS) At least 89 Indian prisoners, released by Pakistan as a goodwill gesture, reached home Friday through the land route and crossed over at this joint border check-post.

“All the fishermen belong to Guajrat. They had unintentionally ventured into the Pakistan territory while fishing,” said a customs official.

On April 7, the Pakistan government had released Indian prisoner Gopal Dass, who was arrested 27 years ago after being dubbed a spy.

“We all thank god that we are back in our home. Still there are many other Indian fishermen lodged in Pakistani jails,” said Bhiku, one of the released prisoner.

During the secretary level talks early this month, India had given Pakistan officials a list of its citizens detained across the border.

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