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Akhilesh asks PM to help release Indian prisoner in Pakistan

The CM has also provided a financial aid of Rs 1.10 lakh to Dinesh’s family.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,requesting him to intervene in securing the release of Ghazipur resident Dinesh Vishwakarma who is languishing in Pakistan jail despite completing his sentence.

The CM has also provided a financial aid of Rs 1.10 lakh to Dinesh’s family and another Rs 25000 has been provided by Ghazipur district magistrate.

Dinesh,from Arazi village of Ghazipur,worked at a private firm in Rajasthan’s Alwar district since 2008. He lived alone and went missing in 2011. On filing an RTI application with the External Affairs Ministry,the family learnt that Dinesh was arrested on March 9,2012 by Pakistani authorities and,following his conviction under Foreigners’ Act,was sentenced to one year rigorous imprisonment. The court in Pakistan had also imposed a fine of Rs 500 or 15 days imprisonment if he failed to pay the fine. He is currently lodged in District Jail Malir at Karachi.

Since,his sentence ended nearly seven months ago,his family,which consists of wife Rukmani and three children,wrote to Indian authorities for their intervention to secure his release.

“No help has been offered from the government so far. We have taken up the case seriously and will not hesitate to stage demonstration for his release,” Ram Asrey Vishwakarma,the chairman of State Backward Class Commission said. The commission wrote to Akhilesh,asking him to write to the PM for his intervention.

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