Madhya Pradesh youth, suffering from blood disorder, returns home after five years in Pakistan jail

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 3, 2018 4:36:00 pm

He is suffering from sickle cell anaemia, a blood disorder that requires regular blood transfusion to stay alive.

An Indian youth, who had inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan’s Sindh in 2013 in search of water, was released from a Karachi jail and handed over to his family at Wagah border on Wednesday. Twenty-one-year-old Jetindaera Arjanwara, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, is suffering from a blood disorder, sickle cell anaemia, which requires regular blood transfusion.

Jetindaera’s release comes after a month-long coordinated campaign by both Pakistani and Indian civil society activists. His repatriation was earlier confirmed by the Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad.

The decision to release Jetindaera was taken after intervention by a Pakistani barrister, Haya Zahid, who was briefed about his case by Hyderabad juvenile jail officials in Sindh province in 2014.  Zahid was at the time inspecting sanitary conditions in provincial jails as part of a government-mandated committee. Jetindaera, who was a teenager at the time, had already completed the customary jail sentence by then.

Jetindaera’s release comes close on the heels of 23-year-old Dalwinder Singh being handed back to the BSF on Sunday, after he had inadvertently…

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