Former Indian spy, Vinod Sahni, on fast unto death since Friday, is struggling in the Intensive care unit (ICU) of the Jammu Medical college hospital, but no State Minister has visited him to discuss his demand for rehabilitation.
‘Agent’ Vinod was dispatched across the border by the BSF and promised rehabilitation on his return, but the para-military force has also turned a blind eye to the plight of the former spy.
While the State Government has no time for a patriot like Vinod, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is never tired of patting his own back for formulating a comprehensive rehabilitation policy for anti-national militants and their kith and kin.
Ironically, in the last five days barring one Additional deputy commissioner not a single official from the State Government has bothered to pay a visit to former spy, dumped in the Government medical college hospital since Saturday evening.
In 1977, the intelligence wing of the BSF dispatched him to Pakistan and promised him a Government job. But Vinod was soon arrested and spent 11 years in different Pakistani jails.
In March 1988 when he walked free and crossed the Wagah Border along with 110 Indian prisoners, he realised that BSF officers and the State Government had forgotten him and his service to the nation.
Sahni on Tuesday told The Pioneer, “It is most unfortunate that the leadership of the State proudly flaunts a Rehabilitation policy for militants, but it has nothing to offer to a person like me.”
Sahni pointed out that when, “Kashmir Singh, a former spy returned home in March 2008 after serving 35-year-long jail term in Pakistan, the Punjab Government announced monthly pension of Rs5,000 for him and his wife and took care of expenditure incurred on the construction of his house. His son was also offered a job.”
In contrast, he said the J&K Government is only bothered about the welfare of the anti-national militants. “They have no space for patriots like me and several others who sacrificed their youth in the Pakistani jails,” he added.
“In our own country we have been disowned by both the Central and State Governments. No one is worried about the future of our kith and kin. They are not at all sympathetic towards our cause,” Sahni said, adding, and “I will not withdraw from the front and will keep fighting till the last breath.”
On Tuesday morning when Sahni’s health condition worsened doctors attending on him immediately shifted him to ICU. After keeping him under observation and checking his vital parameters doctors wrote a detailed note requesting Head of the department, Psychiatry department to examine him and do ‘psycho therapy’ at the earliest as he was refusing oral diet/medicine.
Meanwhile, continuing his fast for the fifth consecutive day, refused to budge. “I am not going to break my fast and accept any solid food till my demands are met,” Sahni told The Pioneer.
In the afternoon a senior doctor of the Psychiatry department counseled him and made efforts to convince him to accept food, but he too failed.
-via The Pioneer.