Latur driver in riyadh jail: Indian embassy approaches Saudi govt for his release

The Indian embassy swung into action after two Indians, one from Pune and one from Mumbai, approached them requesting their intervention.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune | Published:March 21, 2016 1:00 am

The Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia has urged the government there to release a man from Latur who has been lodged in a jail in Riyadh for nine months now, ever since his vehicle was involved in a road accident.

The family of 30-year-old Gafar Chand Shaikh from Nilenga taluka of Latur district, met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during his visit to Latur a fortnight ago and handed over a memorandum to him, urging him to get Shaikh released from the Saudi jail.

The Indian Express had highlighted the matter last week.

The Indian embassy swung into action after two Indians, one from Pune and one from Mumbai, approached them requesting their intervention.
One is advocate Saleem Shaikh, an activist who also took up the issue with the External Affairs Ministry in Delhi and the other is Iqbal Shaikh, the retired assistant commissioner of police from Mumbai.

After Saleem sent an email to the embassy in Arabia on March 16, Anil Nautiyal, First Secretary of the Embassy, replied that they have urged the Saudi government to release the man on humanitarian grounds as he comes from a poor family.

“Gafar Chand Shaikh was arrested in connection with a case of traffic accident, in which two cars were damaged. Saudi Court has ordered him to pay the amount of SR 1,80,000 and SR 32,000 respectively to the owners of the cars. However, we have approached the local foreign office to consider releasing him on humanitarian grounds as the condition of the family is very poor and miserable,” stated Nautiyal in his email reply.

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