A Pakistani national, who strayed into India from across the border 27 years ago, when he was 10 years old, has been deported through Attari border checkpoint in Punjab after a court ruled that he had been living illegally in the country, Mumbai Mirror reported.As per the report, Siraj Khan (37), who claims to have strayed into India as a 10-year-old boy, had settled in Antop Hill after marrying Sajida, an Indian. They have three children. After a failed battle to keep Khan here, Sajida has stayed back with the kids and works as a house help.According to the report, Khan had told the police he had run away from his home fearing that his father would scold him for failing an exam. He wanted to return to his uncle’s home in Karachi, but boarded the wrong train and reached Amritsar.After a few years, he reached Gujarat where he found shelter in a remand home. When he turned 18, he came to Mumbai and got married. He took up a job as a waiter, and over a period made a home in Antop Hill.“Khan was booked for staying illegally for the first time in 2009. In 2013, the police said when a CID team had raided Khan’s home in 2009, he had said he was originally from Post Sarkul, Tal Chetpen, District Mansehra in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). But he could not produce any document to prove it,” the Mumbai Mirror report added.On January 4, 2014, he was convicted under the Foreigners Act, 1946, and Passport (Entry into India) Rules and sentenced to seven months in jail. The court later ordered that he be deported and asked the police to keep him under preventive detention. His family had said they had filed an application for Khan’s Indian citizenship and it was pending.On October 7, 2014, Khan allegedly fled from the police station premises, and a fresh case was registered against him under the Foreigner’s Act. If convicted, he could have got up to five years’ imprisonment.

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Pakistani who strayed into India 27 years ago, deported back via Attari border