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Kulbhushan Jadhav row: Ahead of wife's visit to Pakistan, friends, family organise bike rally in Mumbai

Mumbai: Friends and family of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav organised a bike rally in his support in Mumbai on Sunday, a day before his mother and wife are scheduled to meet him in a Pakistani prison.

Organisers told PTI that the rally started from Arthur Road and culminated at Currey Road in Central Mumbai and drew a very good response.

"The bike rally and a human chain we formed are in support of our friend Kulbhushan Jadhav," said Subrato Mukherji, one of the hundreds who participated in the rally.

 Kulbhushan Jadhav row: Ahead of wifes visit to Pakistan, friends, family organise bike rally in Mumbai

File image of Indian businessman Kulbhushan Jadhav. News18

"As there is no evidence against Kulbhushan, the Pakistan government should release him immediately," said Tulshidas Pawar, a friend of Jadhav and another rally participant.

Kulbhushan has been in a Pakistan prison since March last year and has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage by a miltary court in Pakistan.

India challenged the sentence in the International Court of Justice in May this year following which the ICJ halted his execution pending a final verdict by it.

Jadhav's family members who had demanded that they be allowed to meet Jadhav were granted permission recently.

Pakistan on 20 December issued visas to Jadhav's wife and mother to visit Islamabad and meet him on 25 December.

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Updated Date: Dec 25, 2017 07:15:28 IST