Saudi Arabia Won’t Return Mortal Remains of Two Punjabi Men Beheaded in February
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh criticised the MEA “for failing to prevent, and then not disclosing the execution of the two men till it was forced to do so..”
The mortal remains of the two Punjabi men who were executed in Saudi Arabia will reportedly not be returned to India to their families.
Russia Today reported that the Kingdom of Saudi does not intend to surrender the remains of the two men to their families.
Satwinder Kumar from Hoshiarpur and Harjeet Singh from Ludhiana were decapitated on February 28. They were charged with the murder of another Indian man in 2015.
Neither was the Indian embassy notified about the verdict of the two men nor was any prior warning issued to the men’s families.
The news of the execution only surfaced when Satwinder’s wife Seema Rani approached the Indian government asking them to seek clarification from Saudi Arabia about her husband’s fate. She had heard rumors of her husband’s death in a Saudi jail.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed the beheadings this week, reported PTI. An MEA letter, per the Russia Today report, said that “under the Saudi system, the mortal remains of those who are executed are not handed over either to the embassy of that country or to the family members of the deceased.”
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has criticised the MEA “for failing to prevent, and then not disclosing the execution of the two men till it was forced to do so by a petition filed by Satwinder’s wife…”
Singh had also hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that given the friendly relations between the PM and the Saudi Crown Prince during his recent visit, bringing back the bodies should not be difficult for the MEA.