Hyderabad-based IT professional Vaindam Prasanth, who had illegally crossed over into Pakistan four years ago while trying to go to Switzerland on ‘foot’, returned home on Tuesday.
Prasanth, who hails from Visakhapatnam, spent four years in jail in Pakistan after he was arrested in 2017 on the suspicion that he was an Indian spy. On Monday, Pakistan rangers handed over the 32-year-old techie to Border Security Force officials at Attari border, ending his ordeal of four years.
In April 2017, Prasanth was arrested at Yazaman mandi in Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province while trying to pass the neighbouring country on his way to Switzerland without any visa or valid documents.
The reason behind the misadventure was to meet a woman named Swapnika Pandey in Switzerland, who he met and fell in love on a social networking platform. Before leaving Hyderabad, Prasanth also reportedly met Swapnika’s parents in Madhya Pradesh proposing to marry her, but the proposal was rejected by them.
He then decided to go to Switzerland to meet Swapnika. “I left home without listening to my mother’s advice. I made some online research and found that one can walk to Switzerland via Pakistan in 61 days and attempted to do that,” Prasanth told.
His 69-year-old father, a retired private company employee, told that god has finally answered their prayers. “I can’t wait to see him. I am told he has already reached Hyderabad and would reach Vizag in the next one-two days,” he said.
The techie is likely to be questioned by various security agencies in Hyderabad. “There are some procedures to be followed in such cases as he was in the custody of Pakistan security forces for four years,” said a police officer.