Much cheer and joy marked the homecoming of Mumbai-based software engineer Bhavesh Parmar, who returned after having spent five years in a Pakistan jail.

Bhavesh was released by the Pakistan authorities on Thursday. After completing the immigration formalities at the Wagah border, he flew to Mumbai on Friday.

“I am happy to come back to Mumbai,” he said at the Mumbai airport, addressing journalists crowding around Bhavesh, his mother Hansa Parmar and MP Priya Dutt, who was accompanying them.

After his father’s demise, a disturbed Bhavesh had wandered onto a train to Pakistan without any papers

I was disappointed when Bhavesh was not released on August 25 as fixed, said lawyer Awais Sheikh