Vasdev Sharma has been running from pillar to post to seek justice for self and his family for the last over 39 years sine he was released from a Pakistan jail after languishing for more than 8 years in different jails in that country for spying activities. Lambasting at the Central and State government as well, Sharma alleged that both the governments had been discriminating with the persons caught in Pakistan for spying for the country.
He said that like him many Indians had spent a horrible life in Pakistan jails but were not provided with any financial help. He said that the governments both at the centre and the state should look in to the grievances and problems of the persons who had been working for the unity and integrity of the country and spend a major part of their life in Pakistan jails in the hope that they would be rewarded after they returned to their country but all in vain..
About 69 years old Sharma while narrating his agony and the years he passed in Pakistan jails today said that he was recruited as a contact for collecting secret information valuable for our country by the Military Intelligence Wing of the 11 Army Corps at Jalandhar cantonment and was sent to Pakistan during 1965 Indo-Pak war. He crossed over to Fassowali in Pakistan from the last Indian post of Rattra Sattra in Dera Baba Nanak sector of Gurdaspur district. He remained in Pakistan territory for over a year till he was caught by Pakistan rangers on July 28, 1966 while crossing over to India by jumping in to Basantar River.
During his stay in Pakistan he gathered valuable and most significant information which proved vital for India strategically. He was tried for spying in a Sialkot court and was awarded a sentence for 30 months under Defence Act of Pakistan and 10 years jail under 3 Official Secret Act of Pakistan. He was first lodged in Mianwali jail from where he was made a rolling stone to move from one jail to another jail. He said that he was kept in Mianwali, Multan, Lahore, Gujranwala and Montgomery jails before he was released by the Pakistan authorities in May 1974 after Simla Pact was reached between India and Pakistan.
He said that after his release with 125 other Indian prisoners including seven spies released from Pakistan reached the Wagha-Attari border, they all were taken to Amritsar jail for investigation and medical examination.
Since his release from Pakistan he had been running from pillar to post to seek financial help from the centre and the state as well. He had narrated his story full of agony to many Central and Punjab ministers but no one had come to his help. He had received a meager sum of Rs. 5000/- only from the former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpai for his treatment about twelve years back.
He said that if the family of Sarabjit Singh could be facilitated with huge amounts by both the state and central government then why not others can be accorded financial help to lead a honourable life in the society.
via Punjab News Line