72-Year-Old Languishing In Kolkata Jail As An Undertrial For 41 Years, Finally Meets Mother After Being Freed

by Swarajya Staff - Mar 23, 2021 04:11 PM +05:30 IST
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After languishing as an undertrial for 41 years in Kolkata, 72 year old Durga Prasad Timsina entered a new phase of life as the Calcutta High Court (HC) ordered his release on Wednesday (17 March).

Also some investigative work by a group of Ham radio operators made it possible for Timsina to get back home to Nepal to meet his mother.

Timsina, a school teacher, had last seen his mother in 1980 when he left home to join the Indian army in Darjeeling. According to court records, the man who promised him the job embroiled him in a murder case. He has been in various prisons since then, reports The Times Of India.

When a prison inmate discussed the condition of Timsina with his friend who was vice-president of the West Bengal Radio Club, the club successfully discovered the family of Timsina by looking at his case history, medical records and meeting him.

The radio operators got in touch with their Nepal counterparts. When the family of Timsina came to know about this, Timsina’s mother approached the Nepal consulate and pleaded for his release, which happened last week.

Finally Timsina reached Lumbak, his village in East Nepal, on 21 March. He could barely hold back his tears as he fed his mother some rasgulla as they sat together in their home in Lumbak.

In a similar case, one Vishnu Tiwari was declared innocent by Allahabad High Court after spending 20 years in jail following his conviction on false charges of rape.

He was convicted at the age of 23 in the year 2000 and sentenced to life imprisonment. In the 20 years he spent in jail, Tiwari lost all his family members.

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