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Indian High Commissioner visited in prisons the 5 Indians convicted for drug smuggling

Colombo, 05 November, (Asiantribiune.com):

The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Y.K. Sinha, yesterday visited the five Indian convicts from Tamil Nadu who were sentenced to death by a Colombo court last week for alleged drug trafficking.

India has already said that it will appeal against the death penalty handed down to the Indians from Tamil Nadu, who the ministry of external affairs have identified as P. Emerson, P. Augustus, R. Wilson, K. Prasath and J. Lanklet.

The five were apprehended on 28 November 2011 by the Sri Lankan navy on charges of smuggling heroin drug and were among eight people sentenced to death by the high court in Colombo.

The other three sentenced by high court judge Preethi Padman Surasena were Sri Lankan nationals Gnana. Thushantha (27), M.Christian (38), and K.Kilamanraj (28) from Gurunagar and Mandaitievu.

India High Commissioner Sinha met the five convicted Indians in Welikada Prison in Colombo, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin Twitted.

India's External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y. K. Sinha visited the fishermen, who are currently being held in Welikada prison in Colombo, on Monday.

"He (Sinha) assured them of unstinted support and cooperation of the government of India in ensuring that their case receives the utmost attention. He also assured them that the government will make all efforts to secure their early release and repatriation to India,"said Akbaruddin.

The comments come as the families of the five fishermen met with Indian Union Minister Nitin Gadkari when he visited Rameswaram.

"We will study the matter in detail and hold discussions with officials and later discuss it in the cabinet,” said Gadkari, adding that he would convey the families' messages to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier India has said that it will appeal against the death penalty handed down to the convicts from Tamil Nadu.

However, the Indian government, which has been pursuing the case of the five convicted Tamil Nadu fishermen (?) for the last four years, maintains that it has done due diligence and found them to be innocent.

- Asian Tribune -

Indian High Commissioner Y K Sinha comes out of Welikada prison in Colombo, on Tuesday. (Source: PTI photo) -
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