‘The real Kerala story’: Divesh Lal returns home as natives help family pay blood money

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Pattikkad/Panakkad: Divesh Lal, a native of Pattikkad in Malappuram district, who was imprisoned in Qatar due to a legal entanglement, returned home Saturday night, bringing an end to the uncertainty that surrounded him. Divesh was incarcerated in connection with the accidental death of an Egyptian national, which occurred when his vehicle inadvertently reversed.

To secure Divesh's release, a blood money amount of Rs 46 lakh had to be paid to the deceased Egyptian's family before May 14. Unfortunately, this sum exceeded what his family could afford. In response, under Vallikunnu MLA P Abdul Hameed, local residents, and various organisations formed a support committee to raise funds. The family sought assistance and approached Panakkad Munavarali Shihab Thangal for help. As the media and social media highlighted the matter, the required amount was collected within days.

Divesh has not visited home for two years, separated from his one-year-old daughter, Takshvi.

Diveshlal arrived at Kozhikode airport at 7:30 pm on Saturday, and KMCC funded his flight ticket. Family members and locals received him. Before heading home, Divesh visited Munavarali Thangal’s residence to express his gratitude for the support. His parents, wife Neethu, daughter Takshvi, and friends were also present.

This exemplifies the spirit of Kerala and represents a remarkable display of humanitarianism. It reflects the love and support extended by the people of Malappuram, said Thangal

Divesh thanked everyone. “We had lost all hope. P Abdul Hameed MLA's support and leadership, along with the local community, made a significant impact. When we were uncertain, we sought refuge in the Panakkad family, and things progressed faster," he said.

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