Barmer (Rajasthan): Laxmi Kanwar, 65, who has been waiting for her husband for the last 35 years, is filled with new hopes. The annoucement that Gajanand, a resident of Jaipur, would be released from Lahore Jail on the eve of the I-Day, has made her feel that she would be able to have a ‘darshan’ of her husband before she dies.
According to Laxmi, her husgand Bhagu Singh went to neighbouring village Gohad Ka Tala in Barmer district in 1983 to graze cattle. He accidentally crossed the border and was arrested by the Pak Rangers, who thought he was a spy. He did not return after that.
Bhagu is in Pak jail
According to Laxmi’s younger son Arjun Singh, some local residents, who have returned to India after their release from Pakistani jails, have informed that Bhagu is lodged in Pakistan’s Kotlakhpat jail. He said he pleaded repeatedly for his father’s release but to no avail.
Laxmi says the government must at least tell whether her husband is alive or not. She said it is her last wish to see her husband before her death. “I have been comforting myself by looking at his photograph for the last 35 years,” she said, with tear-filled eyes.
Bhagu Singh has three sons. After her husband’s disappearce, she started working as a labourer to bring them up. All them are now married.