A native of Bareilly who is lodged in a Pakistan jail for over two years,is likely to be released when his three-year rigorous imprisonment for entering the neighbouring country without legal documents ends on May 30.
Yashpal (30) is lodged at Central Jail,Lahore,also known as Kot Lakhpat Jail where Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh was attacked and killed by fellow prisoners.
Yashpals family is worried about his health. We pray to God for his safe release, said Yashpals father Babu Ram,a labourer. Yashpal was earlier lodged at Central Jail in Sahiwal.
The family recently got to know that Yashpals sentence is coming to an end after the news appeared in certain sections of media.
We know what happened with the two Indians who were killed by fellow prisoners in Pakistan jail. We would be satisfied only after Yashpal reaches home safe, said Yashpals mother Maya Devi,who works as maid.
Yashpal was arrested by Pakistan police on May 30,2010,from Haveli Lakha town of the Okara district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. He was booked under the Entry Act. On July 26,2010,the court sentenced him to three years imprisonment.
We have planned several things after he returns home, said Yashpals younger sister Aneeta,who is 17 years old.
Bareilly district administration and police have,however,received no information from the Centre whether Yashpal is being released.
Yashpal,who studied up to class V,is eldest of five children of Babu Ram. He worked as a helper,making decorations at weddings.
Babu Ram said that at the age of 17,Yashpal 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,the family received a letter from one Mohammad Yusuf Bhatt of Sahiwal district who claimed to have met Yashpal at Central Jail in Sahiwal.
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