After 10 yrs in jail, Pak. national Warsi leaves for Attari border

Pakistani national Mohammed Imran Warsi, who is set to be repatriated to his home country after spending 10 years in a Bhopal jail, left for the Attari-Wagah border on Monday. Before boarding Shatabdi Express for Delhi, the 40-year-old said he would first meet his mother after reaching his home country. “I will meet my mother on reaching Pakistan and then I will contact my wife and children, who are living in Kolkata. I will see how they can be moved to Pakistan,” he told reporters. Hope for govt. help Mr. Warsi hoped that the governments of India and Pakistan would help him in his efforts to take his family to Pakistan. Mangalwara police station in-charge Umesh Chouhan confirmed Mr. Warsi’s departure. “He will be taken to Amritsar from Delhi and then to the border,” he said. Mr. Chouhan said that four police personnel are accompanying Mr. Warsi, who will be handed over to BSF officials, along with the documents. “We have to hand over Mr. Warsi to BSF officials before December 26. Possibly, our officials will do so on December 25,” he said. Mr. Warsi, a resident of Karachi, was convicted in 2008 by a court in Bhopal under the Official Secrets Act and the Passport Act. Among other charges, the court had found him guilty of conspiracy, cheating and forging documents. He completed his sentence in March this year and has been staying at Bhopal’s Shahjahanabad police station ever since as he awaited completion of the legal formalities for his repatriation. Recalling his time in prison, Mr. Warsi had on Sunday said he was taking “good memories” of his stay in India to his home country. Mr. Warsi was also grateful to his fellow inmates, who he said had collected money to help him pay a fine imposed by the court.

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