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Two Indian Hajis detained for possessing 'khash khash' released

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Dubai, Feb 26 (UNI) Two Indian Haj pilgrims, who were arrested for bringing into Saudi Arabia 250 grams of 'khash khash' (poppy seeds), commonly used in Indian dishes, were released from detention.

An Indian consulate official in Jeddah confirmed yesterday that Siraj Fareed Muhammad and his aunt, Hanifa Yousuf were allowed to go back home on Friday evening.

The case, which was first reported in 'Arab News', had shocked hundreds of expatriate families in the Kingdom.

Although many knew the substance was banned, they had no idea that bringing in a mere 250 grams of ''khash khash'' would have such dire consequences, reports said.

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