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Carrying friend’s parcel cost dear, man jailed in Dubai

Hyderabad: A Telangana man has been sentenced to seven-month jail term in Dubai for carrying banned medicines. Srinivas from Nizamabad district went to Dubai on August 4, 2016. During custom search a packet of banned medicines was found in his baggage. He was trialed and sentenced to jail on Jan 22.

Learning about her husband’s arrest in Dubai, Srinivas’ wife in Tadpa kal village of Ergatla mandal approached Nizamabad police. According to her a person known to the family had left the packet in their house with a request that Srinivas should hand it over to a friend in Dubai. Srinivas unwittingly carried the parcel without knowing its content.

Another Telangana man, Krishna Donikeni, who also lives in Dubai, brought the matter to the notice to IT and NRI affairs minister K T Rama Rao, who assured that efforts were being made to help Srinivas. K T Rama Rao tweeted “We are making efforts through our Indian embassy.”

It must be noted that Dubai has been strict in dealing with those who bring banned pharmaceutical medicines. It has listed as many as 374 drugs. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has been advising Indians against carrying banned medicines to the UAE.