Himachal resident in Pakistan police custody

22 years old Gyan Chand of Johari village, district Sirmour in Himahal Pradesh has reportedly crossed the border of Pakistan innocently.  But the concerned authority of the state is yet to take up this issue with ministry of external affairs and ministry of home. Though the matter is concerned with the border the local police is mum over the issue. Unfortunately there is no one in the family who can raise the issue with the concerned authorities. According to Krishan Dutt, father of Gyan Chand, recently Sarhan police came to his house and informed that his son is in the custody of Pakistan Police.

Krishan Dutt who belongs to a poor family (below poverty)  said the mental status of his son was not proper who was under treatment in Amritsar in Punjab.son According to the information Pakistan Police intimated the Border security force (BSF) about the arrest of the Gyan Chand on which BSF intimated this development to Himachal police but district police administration is not speaking upon the issue.

According to the family, Gyan Chand faced a set back few years back when his parents separated and he became mentally distributed. Though local police is not speaking on the issue but sources said during the search of the Gyan Chand, Pakistan police did not recover anything from his pockets. Surprisingly the day of crossing of border was yet to be ascertained by the local police. Sources said that local police so far has verified the native place of the Gyan Chand.

It is also not clear that whether the verification has been sent to concerned authorities or not at top level. In such cases the procedure of the councilor access is adopted through high commissioner of the concerned country. Krishan Dutt informed Gyan Chand was not in a stable condition for the past eight years. Superintendent of police PD Parsad said he will be able speak on the issue on Friday. ASP Gurmeet Singh said only higher authorities can comment on the issue as the matter is  related to two countries.

When contacted, ADGP (CID) I.D. Bhandari said he was not aware with this issue properly and soon a report would be soughed from the district police and only then efforts for release of Gyan Chand could be started.

Article sourced from Northern Voices Online

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