‘Spies’ Jailed in Pakistan Return to Find Family Members StarvingSeptember 19, 2009
AHMEDABAD — Three informers who risked their life to sneak into Pakistan several times and spied for the Indian Army and the Border Security Force (BSF) for years on end have been released from jails in Lahore and Rawalpindi but were shocked to find their family members down and out. The trio, two from Punjab and one from Jammu and Kashmir, told journalists that the Central government had promised them before dispatching them on the spying missions that their wives and children would be looked after well but when they returned home, they found that their dear ones led a wretched life.
Sunil Bhola (50), Prakash Chand (60) and Ratan Lal (45), who were presented before the media by a non-government organisation (NGO), have demanded adequate compensation from the Manmohan Singh administration through a suit filed in the Delhi high court. Kishore Paul, an NGO official, told Khaleej Times that the Gujarat high court had last year ordered New Delhi to pay Rs500,000 to the family members of a Gujarat-based informer, an ex-BSF jawan, who is in a Pakistan jail since 1993.
According to Prakashchand, who worked as a BSF informer, he visited Pakistan at least 20 times and claimed that his inputs had led to the arrest of three dreaded militants of Babbar Khalsa International but the Indian government had not paid him a penny till date.
The three former ‘spies’, who have spent between four to eight years in jail, said that 18 other Indian espionage agents were still languishing in jails in the neighbouring country and also described the tale of their ‘inhuman torture’ during detention.
Bhola, father of four, said that he had witnessed the liquidation of many other ‘spies’ by Pakistani security agencies who had also threatened to kill him.
“Inhuman torture was a daily routine. We were tied upside down and given electric shocks. I did not see the light of day for countless months,” he said, pointing to the injury marks on his hands.