External minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday that New Delhi government was making last-minute effort to save an Indian man facing execution today in Indonesia.
Gurdip Singh (48) was charged with the accusation of smuggling drugs into Indonesia in 2004. He was punished death by a district court in Indonesia’s Tanggerang Banten province after he was found at fault.
According to officials from Foreign Affairs Ministry, Sushma is making all labors through various diplomats to avoid his death. However, legal specialists believe that there are very less posibility of saving Singh from execution.
Singh, who is from Jalandhar, Punjab, is among 14 people who are facing execution after the authorities decided to continue implementing death penalties. The others are from Nigeria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. The decision was criticized by human rights organizations. The executions are to be effectuated at Nusakambangan Prison Island.
Indonesia has the world’s toughest drug laws and removed a momentary ban on death penalties three years ago in spite of the protests by rights groups.