"he planned to cross the border fence to meet the girl."
A Pakistani man managed to sneak into India by crossing the border in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar in order to meet a woman he fell in love with.
However, the 22-year-old was caught by border officials who arrested him.
The incident happened at around 11 pm on December 4, 2021.
The man was identified as Mohammad Amir, a resident of Hasilpur tehsil in Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
When searched, Mohammad was found with a mobile phone and some money.
When he was caught, he reportedly told the officials that he was travelling to Mumbai to meet a woman he befriended on Facebook and fell in love with.
Sri Ganganagar Superintendent of Police Anand Sharma stated that the man’s story is yet to be verified.
It is believed that a team of intelligence officers will interrogate him on December 7, 2021, to cross-check every claim that he has made.
SP Sharma explained that when the man was caught, he immediately identified himself and said that had been in touch with a Mumbai-based woman after meeting on Facebook.
Over time, they became good friends and exchanged phone numbers.
According to Mohammad, they fell in love and decided to get married.
Mohammad said that he applied for an Indian visa to allow him to travel to Mumbai, however, his request was denied by the authorities.
But it did not deter him and he decided to still make his way to Mumbai.
SP Sharma said: “On being denied a visa, he planned to cross the border fence to meet the girl.”
He took a bus from his home to central Bahawalpur before allegedly walking to the border. He waited until the night before crossing the border into India.
The Pakistani man’s claims prompted questions from officers as they were unsure how he would travel 1,200km from the border to Mumbai.
SP Sharma said:
“When we asked him, Amir said he would have probably walked to Mumbai.”
While Mohammad claimed he walked to the border, officers are not sure because he lives approximately 150km from the border.
Officers revealed that they have not approached the Indian woman yet.
This will be done after Mohammad’s interrogation and if required.
Mohammad will return to Pakistani without action if nothing suspicious is found during questioning.
SP Sharma said: “If the story narrated by the youth is true and there is nothing suspicious, then he will be handed over back to Pakistan.”
But it is unlikely that he will be able to meet his Indian lover for now.