Admonishing the lackadaisical attitude of the Central and State BJP led governments towards the Indians killed in the Pakistan jails, Rajesh Padgotra Provincial President JKNPP along with the families of the victims lambasted the Saffron Party for playing with the sentiments of the people only for the electoral gains in a press conference held at party headquarters in Jammu today.
Addressing the media, Padgotra revealed that on 11 May 2014, Sohan Lal Choudhary s/o Garu Ram Choudhary a resident of Gulabgarh, Suchetgarh who was mentally unstable inadvertently crossed the Zero line while working in the fields. He further disclosed that the gullible villager was taken into custody by the Pakistani rangers whose whereabouts were still unknown and lambasted the BJP for grossly failing to negotiate with the Government of Pakistan to facilitate his return. Padgotra said that were many Indians like Sohan Lal who had been languishing in Pak jails whose families were running from pillar to post with all efforts in vain. Expressing his resentment over the Central and State governments for not taking the case of Chamail Singh seriously, Padgotra recalled that the convicted Indian who was a resident of village Pargwal in Akhnoor was brutally murdered in Kot Lakhpat jail in Pakistan and his family was still struggling for justice. Padgotra exhorted the BJP partnered government in the State to facilitate the return of Sohan Lal Choudhary and accord martyr status to Chamail Singh along with adequate compensation to the family of the deceased at par with Sarabjeet Singh. Others who accompanied Padgotra included Khajur Singh, Inderpal and the family members of Sohan Lal and Chamail Singh.