“I have no words to describe my feelings. My son has returned; this is the happiest moment of my life,” said Hansa Parmar, mother of Bhavesh Kumar who reached Mumbai on Friday afternoon. Bhavesh had been in jail in Pakistan since 2006. He was released at the Wagah border on Thursday.
Relatives, friends and members of the Vile Parle society, where Hansa Parmar resides, welcomed him with a traditional aarti.
However, Bhavesh seemed a bit disoriented and did not seem to believe he was in India. He thought he was still in Pakistan. “He doesn’t seem to be in the right frame of mind. It will take some time for the feeling to sink in that he is back in Mumbai after a traumatic six years,” said a source close to the family.
MLA Krishna Hegde and MP Priya Dutt, who were instrumental in pursuing the matter with the Pakistan High Commission and getting him released, appealed to the media to not trouble Bhavesh with questions.
Activists said Bhavesh spent less number of years in jail, as he was not charged with spying. However, it is not yet clear how he landed in Amritsar, later aboard the Samjhauta Express and eventually in Pakistan.
Hegde said, “He went from here to Amritsar, but from there how he landed in Pakistan is not clear. Bhavesh told the immigration authorities that he was made to sit in Samjhauta Express. He said he fell unconscious after a while and doesn’t remember the exact sequence of events, but he found himself in Pakistan.”
“He is normal now, but it will take some time for him to get back to himself in his own country and home,” added Hegde who went with Hansa Parmar to the Golden Temple to pray for Bhavesh’s release.
Advocate Awais Shaikh who fought his case said, “The judge asked the government why Bhavesh was being kept in detention despite completing his prison term. He told the government to consider moving him to a guest house.”