NST 07:58:24pm Tue, Apr, 23, 2019

Bhupal Basnet Comes Home

Frustrated Bhupal bitterly laments, "I never imagined that I would be in jail in foreign land; indeed, I came here with a dream to make a living and support my family; but things turned tough before I could translate my dream into reality". Bhupal Basnet comes from a poor family all the way from Baraha Municipality-02, Sunsari district. Inflicted by chronic poverty, he flew to Saudi Arabia in driving visa on 26 April, 2016 through Paju International Private Company. Upon reaching Saudi, he worked in AL MAJAL AL ARABI GROUP COMPANY as a driver for nearly 6 years.

Pending Case & Arrest: While working as a driver for his company, he went through a terrible traffic accident that caused the death of a Saudi national. This incident took him in jail for some months. Later, under the initiation of his company, the case was somehow settled and he was released from the jail. Right after this, he came to Nepal straight away. 1 year later, having no livelihood option in home country, he again flew to Saudi Arabia to work in another company. Upon his arrival in Saudi Airport, while checking his fingerprint in Biometric System, he was caught by Saudi Authority right from the airport quite surprisingly and then put in a BUREDA JAIL located in Saudi Arabia. Since then, he has been spending his painful days in foreign jail.

Decision of Blood Money: While asking for the reason of his imprisonment, he was told to have been responsible for causing death of a Saudi National in a traffic accident that took place some years back during his tenure in previous company. In fact, it was the same case for which he already served certain term in jail. After this, he thought his case was settled and therefore returned to Nepal as freed bird. But unfortunately, the case was not closed permanently showing the pending dues of Blood Money (the compensation to be given to the families of victims) equivalent to 75300 Riyal. In fact, the company he was working for did not pay promised amount of Blood Money (the company had assured Basnet that it would settle the case by paying Blood Mooney) as decided by the court which eventually left the file unsettled in due course. Because of this reason, his case does not allow him to come home without paying the Blood Money.   

Initiation of Campaign: Having heard about the painful situation of Bhupal Basnet in foreign jail, his family desperately went far and wide for help but did not work. Since there were no organized efforts to help Basnet, a Blood Money campaign was initiated under the leadership of PNCC requesting every individual and helping organizations around the world for their needful support. Finally, the campaign successfully raised required money needed to rescue him from the foreign jail.

Handover of Blood Money: The collected money Rs. 22, 91,379 was handed over to Foreign Ministry on 24 Feb, 2019 in presence of helping organizations. The money was then sent to the concerned authority in KSA through its government channel. With the handover of the money, the process to release Basnet from jail was initiated in kind coordination with Nepali embassy in Saudi Arabia. After rigorous initiation and follow up both from Nepali embassy, PNCC together with his family, Bhupal was released from the jail last week.

Travel Back to Homeland: Right after his release from the jail, Nepali embassy helped him for the preparation of his travel document which eventually made a way for his travel back to home land. After years of painful days in foreign land, Bhupal Basnet finally came back home on 10 April, 2019. Upon his arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport, he thanked all individuals and helping organizations for all the helps and efforts made for his rescue and return process back to home country. Also, Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee extends its sincere gratitude and thanks for the support and efforts contributed to make the Campaign a great success. The brief details of the donation have been mentioned below.

Sn

Name of Organization

Amount

2

NRNA, Regional Committee All Kashim

246300

3

Nepali Pravasi Samaj, Saudi Arabia

32233

4

Gantabya Nepal

214772

5

Saving from Prem Bachau Abhiyan

200000

6

Baraha Chhetra Samaj, Sunsari

11111

7

NRNA, Welfare Fund

230000

8

Sunsari Morang Samaj

226000

9

Saving from Kumar Rana Uddar Abhiyan

1130963

 

Total Collection in NPR

2291379

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