Freedom at last came for the 17 Indians nationals who were facing death row in Sharjah for allegedly killing Pakistani national Mishri Khan in 2009, as the Sharjah court on Monday waived the capital punishment and reduced the jail term to two years followed by deportation for each of the Indian nationals.
As all these Indian nationals have already spent around three years in the jail, it meant that they could walk free to their country after completing the legal formalities of that country.
And it is learnt from Dubai based hotelier SPS Oberoi, who has played key role in fighting for these Indians, all the 17 will be returning to India in around 10 ten days time.
It may be mentioned that the 17 Indians that included 16 from Punjab and one from Haryana were firstly awarded death sentence few years back by the Sharjah court. But after the blood money was paid to the family of Mishri Khan, the Sharjah court had pardoned the death sentence.
And on Monday, when the Sharjah court announced two year sentence to the Indians, their were smiles all over the faces of these youngsters and other members from Punjabi community, said hotelier SPS Oberoi, who has paid the entire blood money (Rs 8 crores Pakistani currency) to get the Indian youth free.
Talking to Hindustan Times from Dubai over phone, businessman, SPS Oberoi said, “As soon as the 17 Indians appeared before the Court at around 10:00, the Court announced a sentence of 2 years. But as already they have spent around three years, it meant that they were free.”
“However they were taken back in the jail, as there is some paper work required. Some do not have passports while there are few whose passports have expired. We are in touch with Indian consulate in Dubai and we feel that in ten days time all paper work will be completed and the youth will be brought to India,” added Oberoi.
It will also be checked that theses 17 don’t have any other case pending against them in UAE, he added.
Terming it as a huge relief, Oberoi, who has paid the entire blood money to buy freedom for the 17 Indians said, “It is a huge relief for me. I had taken this entire case as my personal goal and I wanted to fight for these boys.”
I will be coming along when these boys come to India. They are the sole bread earners of their families in India and their life was very important, said Oberoi.
Notably, the Punjab government had also recently given State award to Oberoi for his effort.
Even the Union ministry had been making efforts to get these Indians nationals rescued.