Indian national Gurdeep Singh to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia - Know why
Gurdeep along with 13 other people, including a Pakistani is expected to face the firing squad. All of them were sentenced to death by a court.
Jakarta: Jalandhar city in the state of Punjab is currently lodged in an Indonesian jail. But his days are numbered since he will soon be executed by a firing squad.
An Indonesian court has given him the death penalty for his alleged involvement in the drug trade.
Gurdeep's family of four leaves in Jalandhar.
On Thursday, the Indonesian government executed four people for a similar crime even as
Gurdeep along with 13 other people, including a Pakistani, is expected to face the firing squad. All of them were sentenced to death by a court.
This is despite the public protesting against the death penalty in the country.
Scores of people on Friday had taken out candle light marches in different parts of the island nation to press upon the government to abolish the capital punishment.
In Indonesia, people are executed by shooting them dead.
Gurdeep's family members are hoping against hope. They have called on the India government for help.
In an emotional appeal, his daughter has urged the Indonesian government to overturn the verdict and send her father home.
Fourteen years ago, Gurdeep had left home for New Zealand. But he couldn't reach that country as his travel agents had failed to complete the paper work.
However, he could travel only up to Indonesia where he was caught allegedly for trafficking 300 grams of heroin.
He was arrested from Jakarta Airport and since then he was lodged in an Indonesian prison.
India's External Affairs Ministry has also been trying to save
Only the Indonesian president can overturn the verdict. But for Gurdeep, it seems too late. Now only a miracle can save him.