NRI Attempts Crossing Wagah Indo-Pak Border By Car Instead Of Waiting For Visa

16/11/2015 2:28 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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AMRITSAR, INDIA - NOVEMBER 2: Barricading put on the Indian side of the border after a suicide bombing attack on the Pakistani side kills at least 55 people on November 2, 2014 near Amritsar, India. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

AMRITSAR -- An NRI, said to be undergoing psychiatric treatment, allegedly attempted to cross the Attari-Wagah Indo-Pak land route in his car today, smashing a barrier near the international border before he was nabbed by BSF personnel.

According to a senior BSF official, the NRI from Canada, who originally hails from Jalandhar and identified as Surinder Singh Kang, has told investigators that he wanted to pay obeisance at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, but thought obtaining visa and going through other formalities would take time.

Giving details, the BSF official said that at around 4:30 AM, after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple here, the NRI crossed the first gate near the border after which he smashed a Customs barrier whose pillars broke and then proceeded towards the Swarn Jayanti Dwar, and was apprehended before he could further proceed towards the international gate.

"Preliminary investigations reveal that he was undergoing psychiatric treatment. He told us that he wanted to pay obeisance at Nankana Sahib, but did not want to wait for the visa and other formalities and adopted the illegal way," the official said.

Further investigations were underway and the NRI was being questioned.

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