All hopes of a Chinese prisoner of the 1962 war who was captured five decades back, of meeting his family is lost in thin air. Wang Qi, now better known as Raj Bahadur, was nabbed along India’s eastern frontiers in January 1963, weeks after the Indo-Sino war.
Since 2014, the 77-year old has been seeking permission from New Delhi as well as Beijing, to allow him to travel to China to meet his family memebers. But tll now none of the two governmnets have paid any heed to his request.
Qi , who was recruited in Chinese Army in 1960, fought war against India in 1962. He was caught by the Indian Red Cross Society in January 1963 and handed over to the Indian Army in Assam.
After that, he spent six years in jails in India, including Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, before being released in March 1969. he was ten handed over to Madhya Pradesh police for rehabilitation in Balaghat district’s Tirodi. Since then the town has been Qi’s adopted home. After trying for some time, he was issued a Chinese passport y the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi in 2013.
While applying for permission to visit hina in 2014, Qi had even promised to return to India to stay with his Indian wife and other members of his family.
However, even after making all efforts to travel to his birthplace at least once, Qi’s request seems to have been fallen to deaf years.