Indian prisoner released in Pakistan, fails to come home

July 2nd, 2008 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Attari (Punjab), July 2 (IANS) Family members of an Indian prisoner, released by Pakistan after 10 years of imprisonment, went through an agonizing wait Wednesday as the man could not return home to India. Ram Prakash, who was held in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail on spying charges and was finally released Monday, came to the Wagah-Attari border checkpost between the two countries Tuesday. However, Indian authorities turned him away, saying he did not possess valid travel documents, meaning a passport and visa.

The prisoner’s travel documents had not reached the border checkpost Tuesday due to a communication gap about the date of his release with the Indian embassy in Islamabad.

The family members of Ram Prakash came from Jammu, 250 km from here, Wednesday to receive him but were disappointed as he could not cross the border over for yet another day.

“Our re-union will take some more time. It is disappointing to wait for him so long after his release,” Ram Prakash’s son Sunny said.

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