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NRI HRO: 60 Punjbis involved in human trafficking languishing in Pak jails

January 17, 2015 06:52 AM
Indian-Punjabis in Pak jails

JALANDHAR: Canada-based NRI Sital Kler, who is also case coordinator of South Asian Human Rights Group of Canada Society, handed over a list of 60 names of Punjabis to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at Jalandhar on Friday, saying they were lodged in Pakistan jails.

Kler said he had received the list from Pakistan-based human rights activists. Those men from Punjab in Pakistan jails were victims of a human trafficking racket.

Kler said he had received the list from Pakistan-based human rights activists. Those men from Punjab in Pakistan jails were victims of a human trafficking racket. He said. "They were assured greener pastures but left in Libya and their passports also taken away. Libya pushed them to Iran, which sent them to Pakistan, where they were convicted for illegally entering the country. These fellows have served more than 14 years in jail, but they don't have any proof with them that they are Indian citizens. They don't have passports or other documents and Pakistan is also unable to send them to India," he told the CM and later the media during the occasion of 'sangat darshan' for NRIs.

Kler said he received names of those prisoners and of their fathers and the Punjab government should help in identify them. He urged the CM to take up the issue with Union ministry of external affairs.

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