Runaway Indian likely to return from Pakistan via Wagah border
(Sourced from PTI)
A man who had run away from his home from Madhya Pradesh and landed in a jail in Pakistan five years ago after he inadvertently strayed across the border, is expected to return to India today. Jitendra Arjunwar, 22, from Barghat town in Seoni district, is likely to be handed over to the Indian authorities by their Pakistani counterparts at the Wagah border.
Arjunwar was arrested by the police in Pakistan on August 12, 2013, and lodged in Hyderabad Central Jail in the neighboring country's Sindh province. An assistant sub-inspector of the Seoni police was sent to the Wagah border along with Arjunwar's younger brother to receive him, the police said, adding that the man would initially be taken to Amritsar in Punjab.
Last month, Seoni SP Nayak said that Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed to the Pakistan authorities that Arjunwar is an Indian citizen. The Seoni police had then sent documents related to his citizenship as demanded by the MEA and the Ministry of Home Affairs, he said. Once the citizenship is confirmed, Arjunwar would be released from the jail in Pakistan, he said earlier.
Arjunwar's brother, who works as a mechanic in Barghat town, had earlier said that his sibling was unable to walk properly and had to use crutches. He said that he and other family members were called to Barghat police station for the verification (panchanama) of documents. Arjunwar's voter ID and ration card were submitted as proof of his Indian citizenship, he had said.