Sitting next to a house with a thatched roof in their village Kumharon ka Tiba in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, Jamaram Meghwal and his wife Amku Devi hold on to a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The letter, with the thumb impression of Meghwal, requests the PM to help bring back their 18-year-old son Gemraram, who mistakenly crossed into Pakistan two-and-a-half months ago while trying to escape after being caught at a friend’s house.
The police say the Pakistani Rangers confirmed to the BSF at a flag meeting on January 5 that Gemraram, a Class 11 student, was in their custody. “He had gone to meet a girl in his neighbourhood on November 4-5 night. At around 1-1.30 am, the girl’s family members spotted him and he fled, and ended up crossing the border, which is near their house. We got to know about the incident when a missing report was lodged by his family on November 16,” said Jetha Ram, SHO Binjrad Police Station, adding that they had contacted the BSF.
Gemraram and the girl, who is a minor, were in love, says his elder brother Jugtaram. “Since schools have been shut since the Covid-19 lockdown, he had been working in Jodhpur at a furniture shop. He had returned on November 4 and the same night went to meet his friend… When we tried calling his mobile on November 5, the call didn’t go through,” says Jugtaram, who also works in Jodhpur.
The girl’s family, however, denies any relationship between her and…