LAHORE Pakistan Rangers handed over an Indian prisoner, Gopal Das, to the Indian authorities at Wagha border on Thursday. Gopal Das was arrested in Pakistan on charges of spying for India and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Pakistani court. He remained in jail for years and nine months and was supposed to be detained for nine months more. On March 28, 2011, President of Pakistan in consultation with the Prime Minister pardoned his remaining sentence and ordered his release. Das said that he was treated well in Pakistani prisons. He demanded release of rest of the Indian prisoners in Pakistani prisons. AFP adds: His release is a sign of easing tensions between the two countries which resumed peace talks last month. Das, one of Pakistans longest-serving Indian prisoners, crossed the border and was received by relatives at Attari. Das - who told reporters he was 26 when he was arrested - was sentenced to life in prison in June 1987 and had been due for release by the end of this year. Pakistans presidency did not say why he was convicted, but Das himself confirmed reports that he had been jailed for spying. Yes ... I went to Pakistan on a spying mission and I was arrested for espionage, said Das, who was clearly angered by what he saw as his abandonment by the Indian authorities. Indian intelligence never bothered to get me released from jail in Pakistan, he said. I carry a grudge against the Indian leadership because it does not bother about Indian prisoners still rotting in Pakistan prisons for many years, he added. He made a point of thanking the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan for his early release. Dass release comes as India and Pakistan are making concerted efforts to put their troubled relationship back on track, after India broke off peace talks in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Last week, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani became the most senior Pakistani leader to visit India since 2001 when he watched the India-Pakistan cricket World Cup semi-final with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.