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Vikas Singh To Be Handed Over Today

I am happy to be free, says the engineer from Lucknow

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Vikas Singh To Be Handed Over Today

Indian cyclist and peace missionary Vikas Singh will be handed over to Indian officials today following his release last night after Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf ordered to set him free.

Singh, on a globetrottng peace mission had travelled to 62 countries before he was jailed in Peshwar for entering the country without valid documents.

"I'm happy to be free," he told reporters after his release.

The determined zeal and faith in peace, however, it seems has failed to down Vikas who is still willing to compltee the unfinished project.

The engineer from Lucknow said, "this depends on how they (authorities) treat me in India." Vikas, 42 who started the journey 14 years back said he would love to resume his journey.

He was arrested two months ago when he entered Pakistan from Afghanistan after failing to secure visa despite several attempts. He was later sentenced by a Pakistan Political Agent of the Province for three years rigorous imprisonment.

Pakistan newspapers quoted prison officials in Peshawar as saying that Singh has been handed over to police to be escorted to Wagah border.

Prior to his release, Singh was visited by an Indian diplomat and a compatriot doctor to offer counsellor services yesterday.

"Though there existed no case against him. He was only detained for his unlawful entry into Pakistan," The News daily quoted the NWFP Home Secretary as saying. (PTI)

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