After the attack on Sarabjit Singh in Lahore jail,Bareillys Babu Ram is worried about the safety of his son Yashpal (22),who is lodged in Central Jail in Sahiwal district in Pakistan on charges of spying.
The family claims they have no information how Yashpal landed in the Pakistan jail.
Around two years back,Yashpal left home for Delhi for work. Nothing was heard about him until January last year when the family received a letter from one Mohammad Yusuf Bhatt of Sahiwal district who claimed to have met Yashpal in jail when he went there for some work.
Yusuf did not elaborate on what charges Yashpal was held,but mentioned that Pakistan police arrested him from the border.
I tried to verify the letter and approached some local political leaders for help,but no one helped me. We have no idea how to go Pakistan,nor do we have the money, said Babu Ram (49),a labourer.
A few months later,an official from Delhi met Babu Ram at his residence in Bareillys Pandhera village and told him that the Pakistan police had arrested his son on charges of spying. The official said they were trying to get him released.
We have no idea who that person was and what efforts are being made,but after the murderous attack on Sarabjit we are all worried about Yashpal, said Yashpals mother Maya Devi,who works as a domestic help.
The family is keeping track of the developments in Sarabjits case through radio hoping to get information on Yashpal.
The eldest of Babu Rams five children,Yashpal studied up to Class V. He worked as a helper,making decorations at weddings,before he went to Delhi for work. There he started drinking and fell ill. He returned home and stayed for eight months. After his health improved,he went back. In February 2010,Yashpal left for Delhi for the last time. The family got no information about him for months. Then in January 2012, they received the letter from Yusuf Bhatt saying Yashpal was in a Pakistan jail.
Security of Pakistani inmates beefed up
Muzaffarnagar: In the wake of the brutal attack on Indian national Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani prison,Uttar Pradesh authorities have alerted the jail superintendents to make adequate security arrangements for neighbouring country prisoners. The direction to all jail superintendents to take extra security of Pakistani prisoners have been given specially in Agra,Meerut,Muzaffarnagar and Aligarh, DIG (Jail) A K Pandey said on Monday.