Mumbai, April 13: On Thursday, a large number of Mumbai residents came together outside the house of Kulbhushan Jadhav to protest against Pakistan for awarding death sentence to the 46-year-old former official of the Indian Navy on charges of espionage recently. The Indian government has vehemently denied the charges labelled against Jadhav.
The protesters, belonging to all age groups, formed a human chain right in front of his residence in Mumbai, where Jadhav was staying with his family before he left for a business-related trip to Iran from where he was allegedly kidnapped by Pakistani authorities. The protest was mostly silent and participants carried placards saying 'Bring back Kulbhushan Jadhav.'
"Mumbai: People form human chain protesting death sentence given to #KulbhushanJadhav by Pakistan military court, outside Jadhav's residence," tweeted ANI.
On Wednesday, a group of people in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, performed a havan praying for safety of Jadhav, reported ANI. "Uttar Pradesh: People in Moradabad performed havan for Kulbhushan Jadhav yesterday (Wednesday), given death sentence by Pakistan military court," tweeted ANI.
While Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that all measures would be taken to ensure Jadhav's release, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called the former naval officer the 'son of the soil'.
In the last few days, we have seen several protests in various parts of the country demanding release of Jadhav from the Pakistani jail. Jadhav's friends in Mumbai have started a campaign urging the politicians to save Jadhav getting killed in the neighbouring country. The Indian government has called the death sentence to Jadhav as a 'premeditated murder'.