In­dian’s ex­e­cu­tion in In­done­sia de­layed, kin re­joice in Pun­jab

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Jatin­der Kohli jatin­der.kohli2@hin­dus­tan­times.com

First came the news of his ex­e­cu­tion in In­done­sia. As the fam­ily of Gur­dip Singh went into mourn­ing and his wife passed out in shock, a What­sApp mes­sage ar­rived – he was alive. Soon af­ter, a phone call from an In­dian em­bassy staff con­firmed the ex­e­cu­tion of the In­dian cit­i­zen ac­cused of smug­gling drugs had been put on hold.

From prayers to de­spair and back to hope and cel­e­bra­tions, the two hours were an emo­tional roller-coaster for the Ja­land­har-based fam­ily of Singh, 48, who ended up on a re­mote is­land prison in In­done­sia on his way to New Zealand seek­ing em­ploy­ment as a driver in 2002.

Still, Singh’s life is far from safe.

He was among 14 who were taken out of their cells to face the fir­ing squad late on Thurs­day night (In­dia time). Four had been shot dead be­fore a storm forced the ex­e­cu­tion­ers to take the death row con­victs back to their cells, ac­cord­ing to re­ports from In­done­sia.

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