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Future uncertain for 17 on death row,hope for 4 others

While the fate of 17 youth on death row in UAE is uncertain,four others involved in separate cases may soon be heading home,according to an UAE based hotelier. All four had been convicted on murder charges.

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana |
June 18, 2011 1:33:59 am

While the fate of 17 youth on death row in UAE is uncertain,four others involved in separate cases may soon be heading home,according to an UAE based hotelier. All four had been convicted on murder charges.

Jaswant Singh,a resident of village Begowal near Doraha,and Harbhajan Singh, a resident of village Mayhani Wat near Hoshiarpur,were both sentenced to death for bootlegging and the murder of Kerala resident Ratheesh Vijayan. They will be let off by next month. Vijayan was killed in November 2007. Similarly,Talvinder Singh,a resident of Kapurthala,and Paramjit Singh,a resident of Gurdaspur — convicted for the murder of Chhina Ganganna Chepuri of Andhara Pradesh — may also be heading back home by next month.

The lives of these four men has been saved by UAE based hotelier and philanthropist S P Singh Oberoi.

“I have informed the court that my people have established contact with the family of the deceased who in turn have accepted the apologies tendered by the accused and also accepted the blood money. We will present all the details in the court by next hearing which comes up on July 20 and I am sure these men will released,” said Oberoi.

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Oberoi has already helped three men return home safe. Last month Kashmiri Lal,Pardeep Kumar and Tarlochan Singh were pardoned after blood money was paid on their behalf.

Oberoi’s efforts for the release of prisoners is not restricted to Indians alone. Two Pakistanis,Bangladeshis,a Ethiopian and even a Philippine citizen have been released after he paid blood money on their behalf.

And for all this,the man who owns a construction company called Apex Groups of Companies does it for religious purposes.

“For me it is working for humanity. I do not help an Indian or a Pakistani but children of God though no doubt I am more partial towards Indian and even more towards people from Punjab. In case of the two Pak nationals,these men were accused with eight Indians. Now when I was paying blood money for eight Indians how could I leave these two me behind,” says Singh.

Singh set up the Indian Punjabi Society a couple of years ago to take forward his mission. Not only does he save ment sent to the gallows,Singh also helps these people meet their families by arranging their passports,visas and stay in the UAE.

“There are more than 60 such people who are languishing in Sharjah jail. They all need help. These people belong to different nationalities but the common feature is that they are all poor,have taken huge loans to come here and earn some money to help their families back home.

“The work is back breaking with meagre pay. These men are not criminals but pushed to crime because their circumstances are harsh thus they deserve one chance to improve their lives and this is just what I am doing,” says Singh.

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