Indian in Indonesia spared execution for trafficking
Indian national Gurdip Singh, who had been sentenced to death, missed the noose on July 28 after last-minute efforts of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to save him paid off.
Singh, who hails from Jalandhar in Punjab, was scheduled for the execution after he was found guilty by an Indonesian court of trying to smuggle in 300 grams of heroin. The other four convicts in the case were, however, put to death.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swaroop informed that the Indian embassy officials in Jakarta were reaching out to the Indonesian foreign office and the senior leadership of the country over the issue.
Swaraj has once again proved that she is the answer to all ‘Mayday calls’ related to Indian nationals abroad. Our pro-active foreign minister has generated massive goodwill and fan following among citizens by helping them out in their hour of need. Be it the case of anyone who is stranded, those facing passport problems or patients in need of Insulin, she has been there for them. This is the reason why Swaraj is giving stiff competition to the First Lady of the United States in terms of Twitter following.
Here is the minister engaged with Twitter’s ‘aam aadmi’.
A few of the instances where Swaraj saved the day are:
JUDITH, who was abducted in Kabul on June 9, returned home recently, thanks to Swaraj’s efforts. Swaraj was in touch with her throughout her ordeal.
KAZAKHSTANI BAHU was also helped by Swaraj. This girl married a Fatehabad youth who was asked to leave the country after her visa expired.
DIABETIC INDIANS IN SOUTH SUDAN found a godsend in Swaraj who tweeted and directed the embassy there to provide them with insulin.
Swaraj helped out the KALYAN FAMILY unable to bring back the bodies of three of their own killed in a road accident in Long Island in the US on July 4.
By Abhishek Chaturvedi & Vedika Kacker