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Country forgets its spies: Surjeet

After more than 30 years of incarceration in Pakistan, Surjeet Singh returned home on Thursday to a tumultuous and teary welcome from family and friends and promptly admitted that he had indeed been sent to spy for India.

Held in Pakistan on spying charges in the early 1980s, Singh, 69, was released from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail early on Thursday and made the road journey to Wagah, on the Pakistan side of the border, before entering his homeland.

'I was a RAW agent. No one bothered about me after I got arrested. Don't ask me too much,' Singh told reporters soon after stepping on Indian soil.

The crowds were so frenetic that Singh, who completed his life term in 2005, couldn't even meet his wife Harbans Kaur. They were taken to Amritsar, where the family offered prayers at Harmandar Sahib at the Golden Temple.

'I am very happy to return after 30 years and meet my children and family,' he said. 'Indian prisoners are treated well in Pakistan jails. Sarabjit Singh is also doing well there. I met him recently, though I couldn't meet him today before leaving. He has sent no message with me. Leave it to me, I will get him released... Please don't ask anything more,' Surjeet said, referring to Sarabjit Singh, who is also from Punjab and has been in Kot Lakhpat jail.
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