A Pakistani national named Jalaluddin arrested from Indian Varanasi's cantonment area was released from central jail after 16 years, reported India Today Monday.

According to media reports, Jalaluddin was arrested in 2001 from Varanasi’s cantonment area.

Senior Superintendent of the jail Ambrish Gaud said, Jalaluddin was arrested from the cantonment area in 2001. He was nabbed near the Air Force office by the police with a few suspicious documents."

The police had recovered maps of the cantonment area and other important places from Jalaluddin. A court had then sentenced Jalaluddin to 16 years of imprisonment.

"He was imprisoned under the Official Secrets Act and Foreigner's Act. He has been handed over to the local police. He has taken a copy of (Bhagavad) Gita with him," said the superintendent. 

"When he was arrested, he had only graduated from high school. He completed his intermediate and did his MA from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He also undertook an electrician course as well in the jail. He had been an umpire in the jail cricket leagues for the last three years," he added.

Indian media reports, a special team has been delegated with the task to take Jalaluddin to Amritsar, where he will be handed over to concerned authorities at the Wagah-Attari border, following which he will return to Pakistan.