A 32-year-old software engineer from Mumbai has finally been reunited with his mother after spending seven years in Lahore's central jail.
Bhavesh Parmar, a resident of Vile Parle who claimed to have unknowingly crossed over to Pakistan in 2006, returned to India through Attari-Wagah joint check post on the Indo-Pak border, where his mother, Hansaben Parmar, was waiting for him.
Parmar was reportedly suffering from depressing after the death of his father and over quitting his job, when he inadvertently crossed the border by Samjhauta Express. He was released on Thursday following intervention from a court.
Hansaben along with Vile Parle Congress MLA Krishna Hegde, who helped Parmar's family to take up the matter of Bhavesh's release with Indian and Pakistan governments, arrived at Attari on Thursday to receive her son.
"I have been waiting for this moment for so many years now. Finally Bhavesh has returned. My son recognised me. I am happy he is alive. But, I am also worried about his mental health and hope for his speedy recovery," Daily Mail quoted Hansa as saying.
"After I learnt about his release, I had been keeping my fingers crossed... My son's return was a miracle," she said, adding that Hegde has helped her family a lot for Bhavesh's release.
Earlier, Hansaben said that Bhavesh's father was diagnosed with cancer and he took leave from his job to look after him. The long leave cost Bhavesh his job and he fell into depression after his father's death. He had left home in a disturbed state of mind.
Till 2008, Hansaben was unaware about her son's whereabouts until Mumbai police informed her that Bhavesh was in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.