Gujarat family worried over kin in Pakistani prison
Kuldip Yadav charged with espionage is in Kot Lakhpat jail
Even as Sarabjit Singh's mortal remains were consigned to the flames, one family in Ahmedabad was glued to the television set, the fire of hope still burning in their hearts, with doubt and fear over Sarabjit's fate ready to play a dampener.
Like Sarabjit, Kuldip Yadav too has been charged with espionage, and has been languishing in the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Pakistan for around two decades now. And the attack that led to Sarabjit's death has raised a similar fearsome spectre in his relatives' minds in Ahmedabad.
“He was pursuing LLB when he went to Pakistan in early 1990s,” says his brother Dilip.
“He was working for the Indian government; that’s all we know.”
“No one knows what went wrong, but someone turned him in to the police, and around 1994, we learnt that he was lodged in Kot Lakhpat Jail, charged with espionage,” he adds. The family has since been running from pillar to post to get him back, but to no avail.
“We have written to the President, prime minister, home minister, everyone, but no one seems to care,” says Dilip. “We have been trying to meet the chief minister, but that is also not working out. No one is talking to us.” The family got its last communiqué from Kuldip about a month-and-a-half ago. “He had written a letter to us and given it to an Indian who had been released from there. That man, after returning to India, had posted the letter, and that’s how we know he is still there,” says the brother.
“But these developments (attack on Sarabjit and his subsequent demise) are extremely disturbing. The amount of distrust and mutual hatred being accumulated on both sides is strangulating the process of dialogue. We are scared. One can now only hope that we shall get to see our brother alive someday,” he adds.