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Apr 30, 2011 at 10:51pm IST

1971 PoW languishing in Pakistan jail?

New Delhi: Leading rights activist Ansar Burney claims that an Indian prisoner of war - captured during the 1971 war - has been found in a Pakistani jail.

Burney says the PoW is Surjit Singh who was captured in 1971 and his jail term ended in December 2010. Burney says Surjit Singh is lodged in Quetta jail.

Burney also says that he has sent petitions to Pakistan President Asif Zardari and the Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani to release and repatriate Singh to India on humanitarian grounds.

Surjit Singh who was posted in BSF's Battalion 57 in Samba, had fought against Pakistan in the 1971 war. He was captured and later sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted to life and his term ended in December 2010.

Surjit's family told CNN-IBN that the Government of India had declared him dead.

Meanwhile, back home in Chandigarh hope has floated for the soldier's family which has been waiting for 40 years.

"I request both the governments to intervene and get my father back as soon as possible," said Amreek Singh, Surjit Singh's son.

"I just want my husband to come back as soon as possible," said his wife.

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