Emotions ran high on Tuesday evening when after thirty six years, Gajanand Sharma who had been languishing in a jail in Pakistan returned to his family in Jaipur. Sharma met his teary eyed wife Makhni Devi, son Mukesh and rest of the family. The man had been handed over to Indian officials at Wagah border and had to be supported by officials as the man was too weak to walk unsupported.
Gajanand stayed at Amritsar on Monday night and left by road on Tuesday morning accompanied by several social workers. After a brief halt at Abohar, the group left for Jaipur.
Around 7 PM, the group reached the house of Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra where Gajanand’s family, resident of Fatehram ka Teeba area of Nahargarh, and other administrative officials and members of various social organizations welcomed Gajanand back.
Crackers were burst and sweets were distributed among the assembly when the man finally united with the family. After spending nearly an hour at the Jaipur MP’s residence for the welcome, the family left for their house.
Notably, after a three-and-a-half decade long wait, Gajanand finally set foot in his own country at around 3.30 pm. It was an emotional homecoming for him as he was brought in a train to Wagah border. He had been lodged behind bars at the Lakhpat Kot jail located at Lahore.
Along with Gajanand,29 fishermen have also been released from Pakistani prison. According to sources, the sixty-nine-year old Gajanand appeared weak that he had to be supported by security officials to walk around.
Notably, Gajanand had told the Pakistani officials and agencies about his native village being Mahar Kalan near Chomu town after which the authorities in Pakistan contacted their counterpart in India to ascertain if the man was indeed from the village. On May 9, the local police received the enquiry and contacted Gajanand’s son – Mukesh – and it was then that after thirty six years, the family again heard about Gajanand being alive.
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