Amritsar, May 31 (ANI): Three Indians, on death row in Sharjah, were returned home here on Tuesday after a Dubai-based NGO paid Rs 18 lakh in blood money to save them.
Dubai authorities released three boys after the NGO Sarbat Da Bhala paid money to the family of the deceased Bikramjit Singh, killed in a drunken brawl in October 2008.
The trio - Kashmiri Lal, Trilochan Singh and Pradeep Kumar were sentenced to death in Dubai in the case of bootlegging and murder.
"I am feeling really happy that our organisation has rescued three boys from Dubai. These people had been given death sentence, but we compromised with the government there and they released them. The families of these boys are also elated at their arrival. This is the first time that Punjabi men were arrested in UAE. 16 boys are still detained in Dubai in fraud cases," said S.P.S Oberoi, founder of the social group.
Pradeep Kumar said that they were framed in this case and were arrested by the police just on the basis of suspicion.
"I used to work as a labourer and the other two guys were involved in liquor business. I was pushed into the matter and was beaten up by the Dubai officials. We also signed certain documents, but I am not sure about their content. After 5- 6 months we had a court hearing, after which we were told that we have been accused in a murder case. No one came to see us for a really long time. The NGO founder came to see us after a year and helped us," he added.
While making an appeal to the youth of Punjab, the parents of these released prisoners warned young boys looking to settle abroad, to stay alert and steer clear of any controversy. Most of the young Punjabi men go abroad to look for jobs.
"I just think that if boys from Punjab go outside to work and study, they should just be the way they are in India. They should stay alert and avoid controversies, since all this affects their families," said Baldev Singh, father of prisoner Trilochan Singh
The social group informed the media that they are hoping to help in the release 16 Punjabi boys, who have been detained in fraudulent cases in UAE. (ANI)