Back from Pak jail after 12 yrs, UP man can't find way home

FPMohammad Ahmed

Mohammad Ahmed, 45, returned to India on February 16, 2012, after reportedly spending 12 years in a jail in Pakistan. But he is yet to meet his family. For over a year now, he has been staying at the Red Cross Bhawan in Amritsar because he cannot remember his address, and his family in Uttar Pradesh has not been traced.

"We are keeping him because there is no other option. We are sure he is from Uttar Pradesh," said Dr Randhir Thakur, additional secretary of the Red Cross Society in Amritsar.

He said the records provided by Pakistani officials identified Ahmed as the son of Aziz Ahmed, a resident of "Meerganj" area in Moradabad.

The organisation wrote to the Moradabad district magistrate, UP principal secretary (Home) and to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, asking them to trace the family, but there was no response, said Beni Sharma, secretary of the Red Cross Society, Amritsar.

Thakur said several agencies had questioned Ahmed, but he kept changing his statements. He reportedly told some officials he had gone to Pakistan to meet his relatives, but was caught by the police there and spent around 12 years in jail. Ahmed also claimed that he has a wife and children in Pakistan.

According to Thakur, Ahmed said he lived in an area called "Lalkuan". "With this information, we again began a search for his family. We contacted police officials of those places which have an area called Lalkuan. Recently, we spoke to police officials of Lucknow, Rae Bareli and Rampur, but have not got any positive response so far," said Thakur.

He said a family from Moradabad had visited their office, but failed to identify Ahmed as their relative.

Officials said Ahmed's mental condition was found to be satisfactory by a panel of three doctors.

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