Odisha man jailed for 20 years in Pakistan returns home

Rourkela: Birju Kulu, who had mistakenly crossed into Pakistan and served imprisonment for 20 years in Lahore, returned to home in Sundargarh district today.

A team of district administration officials had visited Amritsar last week to bring him to his native.

It was an emotional moment for his family members who were able to see Birju after over two decades. His only sister, who is married at Kukuda village under Rajgangpur block, burst into tears when she met him after long years.

In the meantime, his parents, who were waiting for their lost child since years, have departed the world.

Birju Kulu, a resident of Katang village under Kutra block in Sundargarh district, was imprisoned by the Pakistan court on suspicion of being a spy from India.

He was the only son of Kamlis Kulu. He was said to be an intellectually disabled person since his childhood. He had left his home at an age of 25 years. His family members had lost hope to meet him again after they failed to trace his whereabouts.

Source said that Birju had mistakenly entered into Pakistan after crossing the Indian border. The Pakistan army had caught him suspecting him to a spying agent from India.

He was awarded 20-year imprisonment after being convicted by the Pakistan court. He was freed from the jail in Lahore on October 26 this year and handed over to Indian authorities at Wargha border.

Following his release from Pakistan, he was admitted to a COVID hospital at Narayanganjgarh in Amritsar for treatment.


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