Surjeet Singh and his wife in their Punjab village. PTI File Photo
India Friday said it does not indulge in spying on its
neighbours, including Pakistan, and dismissed the claim of Surjeet Singh, the
Indian who was imprisoned in Pakistan on charges of spying about three decades
ago and freed Thursday.
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh told a press conference here that the Indian
government does not accept that Surjeet Singh was a spy for India inside
"We do not do such spying...We do not accept that he (Surjeet) is a
spy," Singh responded to queries on the Indian prisoner's
"confession" soon after he crossed into India at Attari-Wagah border
checkpost in Punjab Thursday.
"It is completely wrong. We deny it. Neither we do spying, nor we send
spies," he said.
"If someone is claiming (to being a spy), he is doing so just to get
importance or for some other reasons," Singh added.
The home secretary said he had read reports that Surjeet was mistreated in
On being told that Surjeet had claimed the contrary and said that all Indian
prisoners in Pakistan were being treated well, Singh said: "One report had
said his hands had been cuffed...if anybody says Indian prisoners were treated
well in Pakistan, I can fish out statement of others who say otherwise."