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Court sets Feb 2016 hearing for Indians in brawl – ‘Travel ban until verdict issued’

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: The Criminal Court has set February 2016 to look into the case of nine Indians who were arrested following a brawl with the Egyptians at the Camels Market in August 2014, during which one Egyptian died and several others from both sides were seriously injured.

The main accused, identified only as S.P., is being held at the Deportation Center because, according to sources, he is also a violator of residence law while the rest of them have been released on bail.

However, all of them have been banned from travel until a verdict is issued by the court. A total of 15 Indians were arrested by the authorities immediately after the fight, but six of them were released by the Public Prosecution citing lack of evidence.

In the meantime it has been reported, the Indian Embassy in Kuwait intervened on behalf of S.P. and with help from Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs got his passport and handed it over to the company representative to complete residence permit formalities which could not be completed because the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor turned down the request due to his involvement in the alleged murder.

Earlier some Indian newspapers then quoting unnamed sources in Kuwait had said the man had died of cardiac arrest during the fight. It all started when some Egyptians reportedly did not allow one of the Indians to occupy a vacant seat on the company transport bus while they were on their way to their accommodation.

The Egyptians reportedly beat two Indians on the bus and when the vehicle arrived at their residence in the camp, both sides attacked each other with whatever they could lay their hands on including knives. About 30 people — Indians and Egyptians — were injured and some with fractures and stab wounds were referred to the Jahra, Sabah and Farwaniya hospitals.

All those arrested were referred to the concerned security department for interrogation following which the Indian government took up the issue with Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since then the Indian Embassy in Kuwait has been closely following up the developments and providing all possible assistance in line with the law of the land.

By Paul Francis X. Fernandes Arab Times Staff

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