Lucknow: A family from Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district has now claimed that deaf and mute Geeta, who returned from Pakistan after being separated from her parents over a decade ago, is their daughter.
Ramraj Gautam and his wife Anara Devi, residents of Maheshganj, late Monday met Divisional Commissioner of Allahabad Rajan Shukla and said they were ready for “all probes and necessary tests to get their daughter back”.
Now in her early 20s, Geeta was about 11 years old when she inadvertently crossed into Pakistan in 2003. She was spotted by the Pakistan Rangers in Lahore, and was handed over to the Edhi Foundation, a social welfare organisation that looked after her for over 10 years.
Geeta returned to India on Monday and was received by high ranking Indian and Pakistani officials at the Delhi airport.
The development came after Geeta refused to identify Bihar couple Mahatos as her family. The couple had claimed Geeta was their lost daughter.
However, neighbours said the news of Mahatos claiming Geeta their own made Ramraj Gautam and Anara Devi very “anxious and restless”.
Shukla directed Allahabad District Magistrate Amrit Tripathi to get a DNA test done on the couple.
Meanwhile, the couple and other family members have left for New Delhi to meet Geeta. The couple say Geeta is their daughter Savita, who got separated from them in Chapra, Bihar some 11 years back.
The family has also shown officials many old family photographs where they said Geeta can be seen as a small girl.
India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the Pulwama terror attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.
The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday termed as “preposterous” the demand for an investigation, saying there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The spokesperson said India has not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on bilateral relations and it has been sheltering terrorists and terror organisations such as JeM. He said Islamabad has not taken any action against such groups despite international demands.
India also demanded that Pakistan take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control to create a conducive atmosphere in the region free of terror.
The spokesperson’s response came over Pakistan Foreign Secretary’s briefing rejecting Pakistan’s involvement in the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 45 troopers. Janjua met envoys of P-5 countries late on Friday.
The spokesperson said JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“The organisation and its leadership are located in Pakistan. LeT and other terror groups have welcomed the news of the attack. These groups are also based in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot claim that it is unaware of their presence and their activities.
“They have not taken any action against these groups despite international demands, especially against groups and individuals proscribed by the UN and other countries. The links to Pakistan are clear and evident for all to see. Its own Ministers have shared the same podium with UN proscribed terrorists,” the spokesperson said.
He said there was audio-visual material linking JeM to the terror attack.
“The demand for an investigation is preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM. There are also other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack. We have therefore no doubt that the claim is firmly established,” the spokesperson said.
He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits.
“We have not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on relations with India. What we have noticed however, are claims to offer dialogue on the one hand, while sponsoring and sheltering terrorists and terrorist organisations such as JeM on the other,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)