Friday, 19 July 2019

36 years on, Rajasthan man to walk out of Pak jail on Aug 13

Jaipur, August 9. Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Thursday said a missing labourer from Rajasthan would be released after 36 years from a Pakistani jail on August 13.

Gajananad Sharma had gone missing in 1982 from a small village of Maharkalan in Jaipur’s Samod area.

Singh assured Jaipur’s LS MP Ram Charan Bohra and family member of Sharma, who met him in his office at Parliament House in Delhi. Bohra was accompanied with Sharma’s wife Makhani Devi and elder son Mukesh, according to a release by the MP here.

Seventy-year-old Makhani Devi had lost all hope to see her husband Gajanand alive after he disappeared 36 years ago.

Makhani and her two sons left stunned in May this year when a cop approached for the verification of nationality of Gajananad who is in a Pakistani jail.

“We do not know when and how my father disappeared from village. My mother, who is 70, is illiterate and approached police stations, but to no avail. She practically did not lodge any FIR anywhere. Slowly we accpeted that he might not return,” said Mukesh, a class 4 employee in Family Welfare Department.

On May 1, following a query by the Ministry of External Affairs to confirm the nationality and whereabouts of Gajanand Sharma, the State Intelligence (CID) marked the inquiry to the Samod Police Station to verify the details.

In the meantime, Sharma’s family left the village and moved to Jaipur’s Brahampuri area. Police finally traced his family and confirmed that it is Gajanand Sharma who is presently lodged in a Pak jail.

On May 18, SP (Jaipur Rural) Rameshwar Singh verified Gajanand’s nationality and also the present location of family in Jaipur’s Brahampuri area. Now IB has marked the inquiry for further verification to DCP-North here. After receiving it, a report would be submitted to the MEA.

The reason of Gajanand’s disappearance and lodging in Pakistan Jail are not known to Rajasthan Intelligence department and IB.

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