//Indian prisoners languishing in Mauritius write to Kalam

Indian prisoners languishing in Mauritius write to Kalam

Port Louis, March 14 (PTI): Indian prisoners currently serving their sentence in Mauritius have urged President A P J Abdul Kalam to expedite the procedure for their transfer to the homeland.

The request was made by them in a letter to Kalam, who is on a three-day visit to Mauritius.

"….since 12 years I have not seen the face of my wife, or my children; my father and mother have passed away without having seen the face of their son…," one letter said.

"I am in despair and wish to go back to my country to continue my sentence. I have already paid for what I have committed. I was poor and looking for money to feed my family. Please Sir, make an effort for me so that I could die in my motherland," it read.

Currently there are about 30 Indians imprisoned in Mauritius, mostly on charges of drug peddling or smuggling. They had gone on a hunger strike at the time of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the island nation last year to demand that they should be transferred home.

The prisoners, who want to be close to their families back home, demanded accelerating a treaty of transfer of prisoners.

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