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Last minute effort to save a ‘dying’ Indian

New Delhi: Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, announced that the government is making last-minute efforts to save an Indian man facing execution in Indonesia.

Swaraj said in a series of tweets that efforts were being made to save Singh from the death sentence.

Indonesia is set to execute 14 drug convicts on 28 July, including an Indian man named Gurdip Singh.

According to a report, Singh was found guilty of trying to smuggle 300 grams of heroin into Indonesia over 12 years ago. He was sentenced to death by the state district court in Tangerang in 2005.

Initially, Singh had made a statement against a Pakistani national Zulfiqar Ali, but later retracted it, saying that he was coerced into making a false admission in return for a lenient sentence for himself. Among those facing execution are Nigerian, Zimbabwean, Pakistani and Indian nationals.