'Dead' son writes from Pak prison

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Islampur
  • Published 27.03.08
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Islampur, March 27: A youth from a North Dinajpur village who had been given up for dead by his parents has been traced to a Pakistan prison.

The International Red Cross Society “stumbled” on Abdul Karim in a Rawalpindi jail, three years after the 22-year-old went missing from a Punjab madarsa.

The Red Cross said it did not know how Abdul landed in the prison.

The resident of Betabi village was studying in a free residential madarsa in Patiala. When his letters stopped three years ago, Abdul’s parents, Mohammad Tajuddin and Gulshan Begum, thought he had died.

Hope shone for the homeguard of the Panjipara police outpost and his wife when Red Cross representatives called on them in December last year with a letter Abdul had written from jail.

“Father, I am well. Please look after mother. I am now in a jail in Pakistan. Pray to Allah that I get my freedom, and, if you can, try and get me released,” the letter in Urdu read.

Tajuddin replied to his son through the Red Cross. “We are all well and missing you a lot. We will try our best to secure your release,” he wrote.

Baptiste Jacobe de Naurois, a Red Cross member, said from Delhi: “Our counterparts in Pakistan stumbled on the youth while inspecting prisons. They got him to write the letter, which was handed over after the Rawalpindi jail authorities scrutinised it.”

Naurois was part of the Red Cross team that met Abdul’s parents.

“I met our members in North Dinajpur as well as Abdul’s parents. But we do not know how the youth found his way to the Pakistan jail. We have informed the Indian foreign ministry,” he said.

District magistrate Sukumar Bhattacharya said he had sent a report to the state government.