Thiruvananthapuram: It was a homecoming 32-year-old Simil Sasi could only have dreamt of. Saved from the gallows in Kuwait and back home in Kerala, Mr Sasi met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday and thanked him for saving his life.
When Mr Chandy was told that Mr Sasi was waiting at his house, he cut short his meetings on Wednesday evening to return home. Mr Sasi ran to the chief minister and embraced him, with tears rolling down his cheeks.
"Without your efforts, I might have died long ago," Mr Sasi said to the chief minister.
Mr Sasi had been condemned to death in Kuwait for accidentally stabbing to death a colleague from Andhra Pradesh, Suresh, at his workplace, a Kuwaiti resort, in 2008.
The two had got into a scuffle over a cricket match on November 21, 2007, and the stabbing occurred during the scuffle. Mr Sasi was then 26.
The Kuwait court ruled that only if the dead man's wife pardoned him would Mr Sasi be saved from the gallows.