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Reunion of 17 Indian youths with their families delayed

The reunion of 17 Indian youths, whose death sentence was commuted by a UAE court in Mishri Khan murder case, with their families had got delayed. Sukh Simran Singh Gandam reports.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2011 23:56 IST
Sukh Simran Singh Gandam

The reunion of 17 Indian youths, whose death sentence was commuted by a UAE court in Mishri Khan murder case, with their families had got delayed.

SP Singh Oberoi, the Dubai-based philanthropist cum hotelier told Hindustan Times on phone this evening that these youths were to arrive at Chandigarh airport on September 25 but they were suddenly again shifted to Sharjah Central jail at noon today.

Oberoi said "I have purchased their air tickets after arranging out passes and getting required clearance. Since it was a half day today in Sharjah, the Court closed by afternoon. All I could gather was that there was some travel ban for the time being on these youths."

Oberoi further disclosed that now the Court will reopen on Sunday ie September 25 as Friday and Saturday were holidays in Sharjah. "Only on Sunday the exact reason of their shift to Central jail would be known", he remarked.

Oberoi, however, assured families and relatives of these youths that there was nothing to worry as this last-minute hiccup would also be resolved when so huge a task of getting their death sentence commuted had been achieved.

It may be mentioned here that these youths had got clearance from other UAE states and were shifted from Sharjah Central jail to the Sharjah out jail on Monday.

First, eleven Indians got clearance last week and then six others, who had cases of minor offences against them, were given clearance by UAE states.

Now all of them had been again sent to Sharjah Central jail. They included Sukhjot Singh of Sanghera, Arvinder Singh of Ghokuwala in Gurdaspur, Baljeet Singh of Sangwal in Jalandhar, Daljeet Singh of Aitiana in Ludhiana, Satgur Singh of Khanpur Jattan in Sangrur, Satnam Singh of Koolikalan in Ludhiana, Suban Singh of Lohian Khas in Jalandhar, Kulwinder Singh of Bansipura in Ludhiana, Sukhinder Singh of Nikki Miani in Kapurthala, Namjyot Singh of Raikot in Ludhiana, Sukhjinder Singh of Patti, Ram Singh of Kanvi in Amritsar, Dharampal Singh of Jhoke Tehal Singhwala in Firozpur, Kashmir Singh of Rattuke in Taran Taran, Kuldeep Singh of Kukrana in Moga, Harjinder Singh of Phagwara in Kapurthala districts of Punjab and Taranjit Singh of Kaithal in Haryana.

The death sentence of these seventeen youths was commuted by Sharjah Appellate court on September 12 and they were sentenced to two years imprisonment to be followed by their deportation.

Since they had already spent over three years in jail and this spell was to be deducted from their sentence period, they were to be freed after completion of certain formalities.

These youths were awarded death sentence in murder of a Pakistani national Mishri Khan(35) in January 2009 after a group clash in a bootlegging case.

The commutation followed payment of Pakistani rupees 8 crore(3.4 million Dirhams and Indian Rs 4 crore) as 'diya'(blood money) to the Mishri Khan's family.

Oberoi, who is founder President of NGO Sarbat Da Bhala and Indian Punjabi Society, contributed major share of Rs 2.25 crore for the blood money.

The remaining amount was contributed by three other Dubai-based Punjabi businessmen.