'Blood money' saves youths' lives

Sharjah reprieve

Their lives were saved by a Dubai-based NGO 'Sarbat Da Bhala' that paid ‘blood money’ of Rs 18 lakh to secure their release.

NGO founder SP Singh Oberoi, who travelled from Dubai with the trio --Kashmiri Lal, Trilochan Singh and Pradeep Kumar-- said he paid Rs 12 lakh and the rest was arranged by the family members. The three Punjabi men  were allegedly involved in bootlegging which led to the murder of a fellow Indian Bikram Jeet Singh, a resident of Gurdaspur district in October 2008. They were awarded death penalty in 2009.

Tuesday was a tearful reunion with their families. Lal said they were falsely implicated in the case and arrested on suspicion. “Nobody should go abroad,” he said.

Now, some 32 families whose loved ones are lodged in Dubai jails, have approached Oberoi for help.

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