Qatar Indian Arrest: Why are eight former Indian Navy officers not being released? family worried

Publish Date: 10 Nov, 2022 |

The government has sent a senior official to Doha to bolster efforts to release eight former Indian Navy officers who have been in Qatar's custody since late August. 8 former Indian Navy officers were arrested in Qatar. All these officers were working in a company in Qatar. Qatar officials have not given any formal information to India about the charges on which eight former Navy personnel have been arrested. They are in custody for more than 70 days.

Indian government talks with Qatar government

Eight former Navy personnel completed 71 days in the custody of the Qatari government on Tuesday (November 8). With this, appeals to the Prime Minister and the cabinet to make rapid efforts to rescue the soldiers have increased on social media. The Government of India is in talks with the Government of Qatar for the last 10 days but till now no solution has been found in the matter.

Last week there were indications that second consular access had been approved. The first consular visit was held last month. There was hope that the soldiers would be released in a few days but still, it is being awaited.

Ministry of External affairs gives information

At the same time, the Government of India responded on Thursday to the arrest of the former Navy officer. Giving information, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the Indian High Commission is in touch with the High Commission of Qatar. He said that after getting consular access from the Government of Qatar, we got to know about them. 

The government is yet to get information about the charges under which these people have been arrested. The Ministry of External Affairs has said that the government is making every effort to bring back all these people safely.


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