PIL filed in HC for release of minor Pak boy

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Chandigarh, Nov 3 (UNI) The issue of the release of the 16-year old Pakistani boy Nasir Sultan, who has been languishing in juvenile jail, Faridkot was today raised in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

He had been captured by the Border Security Force (BSF) sometime back for having inadvertently crossed into Indian in the Ferozeper sector without valid passport.

A PIL on the subject filed by World Human Rights Protection Council (WHRPC) through its city-based chairman advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal whose associate, Rattan met the boy in the jail on October 23, spoke of the severe depression through which the young detainee was going.

It was argued by Mr Lakhanpal that such cases are not an exception and minors do cross over without actually realizing what is in store for them. In many cases, such persons are sentenced from six months to one year prison term under the foreigners act, but were not sent back leaving them to languish in jail for years together, he argued. '' For such a child this is end of the world as he spends all his youth in jail, the petitioner pointed out'', he further added.

Dwelling on the human problem and the concern for such individuals, Mr Lakhanpal prayed that such minors who inadvertently enter India should be sent back by holding flag meetings between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers. He has also sought framing of a policy for such cases while listing ministries of home affairs(MHA) and of external affairs(MEA) besides Punjab home secretary and state police chief as the respondents.

However, the division bench of the Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Jasbir Singh while adjourning the case to November 12 after the preliminary hearing, asked the petitioner to file an affidavit that the boy in Faridkot jail was a minor before further action on the PIL could be taken.

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