New Delhi, Aug 13: The Pakistan government today released at least 29 Indian prisoners which included Indian national Gajanand Sharma who had been imprisoned at the Central Jail Lahore for the last 36 years.

On Gajanand Sharma’s release, Sehdev Sharma, who came to receive him at the Attari-Wagah border said that the government had gifted them with an Independence Day gift. Sehdev Sharma is a Punjab based activist.

Gajanand Sharma who is 68 years old now went missing at the age of 32. He inadvertently crossed the Indo-Pak border while he was taking a walk. Gajanand Sharma’s family was shocked to learn about the former being alive and being lodged in Lahore Central Jail. They came to know about Sharma’s survival after some documents to verify his citizenship were received by the office of Superintendent of Police (Rural), Jaipur from Pakistan.

It was actually Gajanand’s younger son Mukesh Sharma who identified the former from the photos shared with them. His wife, Makhni Devi wished to get a glimpse of her husband from whom she had been long separated. Makhni Devi’s wish finally came true.

Pakistan government released 29 Indian prisoners, including 26 fishermen at Punjab’s Attari-Wagah Border today, as a humanitarian gesture.