No clue of 17 Indians in Pakistan’s jail for six years, Home Ministry sought help


New Delhi. Efforts to verify the identities of 17 Indians since Pakistan was said to have been lodged in its prison six years ago with “mentally unsound” Indians have yielded no results. The Union Home Ministry has also put their pictures on its website, help has been sought from the states and union territories as well as the common people. An official said he had completed his sentence, but could not be brought to India as his nationality was not confirmed.

Four of the 17 prisoners who are believed to be Indians in Pakistani jails are women and have been named Gullu Jaan, Ajmeera, Nakaya and Hasina by Pakistani authorities. The other prisoners are Sonu Singh, Surinder Mahto, Prahlad Singh, Silrof Saleem, Birju, Raju, Bipla, Rupi Pal, Panwasi Lal, Raju Maholi, Shyam Sundar, Ramesh and Raju Rai.

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Home Ministry issued notificationThe Ministry of Home Affairs said that if a person can identify any of these 17 people, then he should contact the Under Secretary (External Affairs) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Home Department of the State Government or Union Territory or Director General of Police, Inspector General of Police or Commissioner of Police. should do. The notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs said, ‘Attached is the picture of 17 mentally unsound people in Pakistan’s jail who are believed to be Indians. These persons are unable to provide any other information including the names of their parents, relatives or their address in India etc., due to mental unsoundness.’

Pakistan had given information in the year 2015

Pakistan had informed India in 2015 about these 17 people in its jail who have completed their sentences, but they cannot be deported back to India as they are ‘mentally unsound’ and have to go to their places of residence. Don’t remember anything about it. After Pakistan could not trace them, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was given the facility of consular contact with these prisoners in the hope that some success could be achieved.

Indian High Commission sent pictures of these 17 prisoners to the Ministry of External Affairs

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad sent the photographs of these 17 prisoners to the Ministry of External Affairs to trace their families. The Ministry of External Affairs later forwarded these pictures to the Ministry of Home Affairs. A Home Ministry official said, “Since then we have uploaded their pictures on the ministry’s website, but till now there is no trace of any of them.” We shared their pictures with the states and union territories, but have not received any information from them as well.


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