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Indians possessing poppy in Saudi to be freed

Though poppy seeds are commonly used in Indian dishes, they are banned in the Saudi kingdom.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 12:13 IST

Two Indian Haj pilgrims, who were arrested for bringing poppy seeds into Saudi Arabia will be released in "a day or two."

"The two pilgrims would be able to travel to India in a day or two. The Consulate is following the various formalities for their travel to India," the Indian Consulate in Jeddah said.

Though poppy seeds are commonly used in Indian dishes, they are banned in the Saudi kingdom.

It said that Saudi authorities had acceded to its request and that of the Haj Ministry to let Siraj Fareed Muhammad and his aunt Hanifa Yousuf go back to India.

The two Indians from Gujarat, who were arrested on arrival at the Jeddah airport on December 31 for carrying with them 250 grams of 'khash khash', are currently lodged in Jeddah's Briman deportation centre.

The case has shocked hundreds of families in the Kingdom. Although many knew that the substance was banned, they had no idea that a mere 250 grams of 'khash khash' would have such dire consequences.