Rs 10 m blood money collected for KhalingNepalis living in and outside the country have collected Rs 10 million as blood money to save the life of Anish Khaling Rai, a Nepali migrant worker who faces a death sentence in the UAE.
A lower court in Abu Dhabi in the UAE has sentenced 23-year-old Rai to death for his involvement in the murder of a Pakistani national. Rai, a permanent resident of Matshyapokhari in Sankhuwasabha district, was handed death sentence on July 5, 2013.
He was arrested on October 25, 2012 after a Pakistani national with whom he had a fight in a restaurant died later. He had gone to the UAE to work as a domestic helper two years earlier.
The UAE court has demanded Rs 8.6 million as blood money to save Khaling.
A committee of the Campaign informed about the collection of the money amidst a press conference organised here in Kathmandu today.
Also on the occasion, Narad Rai, coordinator of the campaign, urged the government to take diplomatic initiatives to send the collected amount to the UAE Court. Likewise, the remaining amount from the collected blood money will be handed over to the family of Khaling, informed the committee.
National anthem writer Byakul Maila handed over the blood money, collected from various parts of the world under the initiation of the Campaign, to Khaling's wife Rabita and mother Dik Maya Rai.
Sankhuwasabha Society Hong Kong had collected Rs 1.81 million, Kirat Religion and Literature Development Association Hong Kong Rs 1, 29,000 for the campaign.
Likewise, Kuwait, Australia and Belgium based Nepali people handed over Rs 1 million, Rs 5, 22,000 and Rs 1, 42,000 to save Khaling's life respectively.