Gurdaspur: A debt-ridden RAW operative Karamat Rahi died after a brief illness at his native Khehra village under Ghania Ke Banger police station in Gurdaspur district on Wednesday night. He was 60 and is survived by his widow Sawinder Kaur and son Ranjit Singh.
His family members initially refused to cremate him till their demands, including a government job to his son and other arrears were not paid to them.
It is pertinent to mention here that Rahi, who had spent 18 years of his life in different jails, was admitted in Guru Ram Dass Hospital in Amritsar after a brain haemorrhage but the debt-ridden family was unable to bear his treatment expenses and they brought him back without further treatment and he passed away on Wednesday night.
Rahi was born in Pakistan and shifted to India and RAW contacted him 1980 and prepared him to spy for them in Pakistan and for this purpose, RAW had given him training of a mason at different places in the country. During his training, he was paid Rs 1,500 per month.
RAW sent him to Pakistan through Basanter Nullah (a tributary) on Indo-Pak International Border in Gurdaspur district in 1983. His prime work was to provide Pakistan identity cards to the other RAW agents, who were also spying for the country and he had done his work successfully.
Thereafter, RAW assigned him to provide information regarding the Pakistan airbase 506 and he used to send information of Air Force station located there.
Again, he was sent to Pakistan by RAW on June 24, 1988 and his guide was Chanan Singh and was given a password. But he was caught two days after crossing the border on June 26,1988 and lodged in different jails and he was given third degree torture in Pakistan for 18 years.
Rahi was finally freed and brought back along with other detainees. Since then, RAW refused to accept him as an agent (spy) and stopped the honorarium of Rs 1,500 per month.
He went pillar to post and contacted RAW high officials who refused to identify him and then he knocked at door of Punjab and Haryana High Court, which fined him Rs 25,000 instead of providing him with financial relief.
He had taken a loan of Rs five lakh to meet his family expenses and construct a house as well as buy a tea stall, which he could not repay and since then he was in a depression.
Meanwhile, SDM Batala Sourabh Arora and ADC Gurdaspur Jagwinderjit Singh Grewal visited the house of Karamat Rahi to pacify his family members to cremate him.
After an assurance to provide government job and financial assistance was given by ADC Gurdaspur Jagwinderjit Singh Grewal late on Wednesday evening, his son Ranjit Singh lit the pyre in the presence of SDM Batala Sourab Arora, Tehsildar Manjit Singh and other police and civil officers. A large number of people from all walks of life took part in cremation
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