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People unite to raise Rs 34 cr "blood money" to free Kerala man from Saudi jail

People unite to raise Rs 34 cr blood money to free Kerala man from Saudi jail

Kozhikode: The people of Kerala have united in a show of compassion and solidarity to raise a staggering 34 crore in order to free a guy who was given a death sentence in Saudi Arabia.

Abdul Rahim, a resident of Kozhikode, has been imprisoned in the Gulf nation for eighteen years after he was accused of killing a Saudi boy in 2006.

Until five days ago, the action committee, formed to work for the release of Rahim, could raise only a meagre amount but as the campaign intensified, help poured in from Kerala people from across the world, the organisers said on Friday.

Local people said Rahim was jailed in 2006 after he accidentally caused the death of a specially-abled boy whom he was taking care of. He was sentenced to death in 2018 after the family of the Saudi boy refused to grant amnesty.

The action committee members told the media that the appeals were rejected by the top courts but later the family agreed to pardon Rahim if he pays the 'blood money.' "More than 75 organisations in Riyadh, Kerala-based businessman Bobby Chemmannur, various political organisations in the state, the common people all helped us to raise the money," an organiser told the media here.

His mother said she never thought that such an amount could be raised.

"I had no hope as we have no means to raise ₹ 34 crore. But somehow it was all made possible," she said.

Chemmanur organised multiple events in the past few days to raise money. He also organised the sale of one of his products and donated the whole amount to the cause.

The action committee had created a mobile application to ensure transparency in the matter.

With PTI inputs

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