Two Indian nationals, who languished in a Pakistani prison for eight years for “illegal border crossing”, have been handed over to Border Security Force personnel at the Wagah Border, a government official said Tuesday.
The official told PTI that in 2013, Indian nationals – Sharma Rajput and Ram Buhadar – entered Pakistan’s territory at the Line of Control (LoC) from Kashmir and were arrested by Pakistani Rangers.
They were later found to be mentally retarded, he said, adding that they apparently crossed the border by accident.
“Their photos and other credentials were shared with India and finally, after they admitted them as citizens, the Rangers handed them over to the BSF on Monday,” the official said.
The cases of 19 Indian nationals, who were arrested by Pakistani authorities more than a year ago for alleged “espionage and illegal border crossing”, are still pending before the Federal Review Board.
Police and Rangers had arrested the 19 Indians from different parts of the country under the country’s Security Act and Secret Services Act.
They have been held in several prisons.
They were drafted before the Federal Review Board, made up of judges from the Superior Court and the Federal Department of the Interior, presented their charges.
The board has extended their detention until a decision on their cases is made based on the Interior Ministry’s investigative report on whether they should stand trial or be released, officials said.