‘Pakistani jails are better than Indian freedom’


Indian spy says he was treated worse back home than in Pakistani jails for 11 years

Sent on a mission to Pakistan 37 years ago, there has been little appreciation for Indian spy Vinod Sahani. So much so that he feels that his own country has treated him worse than a state which tortured and kept him in jail for 11 years.

Sahani ended up being arrested and spent 11 years in Pakistani jails where he was tortured and even subjected to electric shocks.

“In Pakistan, we faced worst tortures but our eyes never got moist, but today when we go home and see our kids starving, we can’t stop crying. Is there anyone who will listen to our cries? Where should we shout? We too have the right to live,” Sahani said.

Sixty-one-year-old Sahani went on a hunger strike to protest the Jammu and Kashmir government’s move to dismantle his fast food cart, which was the only source of living for his family of four.

Jammu Municipality Commissioner Kiran Wattal said, “I don’t know why he is sitting on a dharna. He has no documents to support his claim. Some officers had told him verbally to start business from there. That does not work. Why should I convince him to stop protest?”

Now, helpless Sahani is urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene.

“Our youth has been snatched by Pakistan and old age made miserable by India. I now request Narendra Modi to dispatch an officer to Jammu and see whether there are ‘achche din’ (good days) or ‘burey din’ (bad days),” Sahani said.

According to Indian media, Sahani has never felt as bitter as he is feeling today. Like a true selfless soldier who puts the country first, he does not need cash or recognition, but he wants to be treated with humility and with a fair share of honour.