Written by Sagar Rajput|Mumbai |
Upgraded: August 1, 2020 1: 31: 42 pm
Siddiqui was collared by the Border Security Force (BSF) on July16 (Express Photo/Representational)
The only thing that 20- year-old Zeeshan Siddiqui needs to show for his intrepid journey from Osmanabad to the borders of Pakistan is a damaged tooth and a bruised ego.
Siddiqui had undertaken a 1,200- km journey during the lockdown, first on a bike and after that on a bike, from Osmanabad in Maharashtra to Kutch in Gujarat in an effort to cross over to Pakistan to fulfill his alleged Pakistani girlfriend prior to he was nabbed by the Border Security Force (BSF) on July 16.
After a debriefing from both the Gujarat Authorities and the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Team (ATS), Siddiqui went back to Osmanabad previously this week and promised never ever once again to reach out to the 20- year-old Pakistani female, whom he had apparently gotten in touch with on social media due to the fact that of their love for an Indian TV serial.
” I was in love with her and could not consider anything else apart from seeing her,” Siddiqui stated on why with just Rs 8,000 in his pocket and a bike, he suddenly decided to leave for Karachi.
He contacted the woman on Facebook in2015 “I had actually cleared Class X and was brand-new to Facebook then. While talking about an everyday soap in a group, we contacted us. A few days later on, I sent her a buddy request and we became pals,” he said.
As the two talked more often, they shared contact numbers and went on to make both audio and video calls. She required the very same from me, but as we were too young to talk about such things with moms and dads, I did not,” said Siddiqui on why their two-year-old relationship ended.
However, early this year, when he was in Hyderabad, the romance was rekindled. The woman is said to have told him about her moms and dads’ persistence on getting her married, following which he decided to start a “rescue mission”.
Siddiqui had actually planned to leave for Pakistan in March, however the nationwide lockdown was announced and all global flights were cancelled. “I didn’t even have a passport. Due to the pandemic, no passports were likewise being issued. I wanted to go to Karachi legally and hence was waiting on the lockdown to get over,” he said.
However as the lockdown kept getting prolonged and there was a fear that the lady may get wed, Siddiqui chose to leave for Karachi. He had actually initially planned to operate in Karachi for a couple of months prior to asking the woman’s parents for her hand.
He scrolled through Google for a day and determined how to go into Pakistan. On July 9, he bought a bicycle for Rs 1,500 Two days later, he left his home.
He reached Ahmednagar the next day, when he realised that cycling till the border would be hard, and thus bought a second-hand bike for Rs 3,000
After having his meals in dhabas and resting overnight on footpaths and bus stops for 4 days, he reached Rann of Kutch on July 16.
After strolling for over 10 hours in the desert, BSF jawans stopped him just 1.5 km before the India-Pakistan border. He was then turned over to the Kutch cops. Siddiqui was booked for violating lockdown standards and under Lawbreaker Amendment Act for illegally getting in forbidden locations.
” I spent two-and-a-half days in prison and five days in police custody,” he stated. He was then given Osmanabad and after being questioned by the local cops for 2 days, he was handed over to his household. His daddy Salim said, “I am eased that by God’s grace, my child is back with us … I will make sure that he doesn’t talk with her ever once again.”
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