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Kuwait arrests eleven Indians for illegal religious gathering

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 3: The Kuwaiti security authorities have arrested 11 Indians, a majority of whom are believed to be from the Indian State of Karnataka for allegedly holding an illegal religious gathering and disturbing neighbors. The arrests were reportedly made over three days and some of them were picked up from their accommodations.

According to Indian sources those who were arrested were part of a religious gathering and are identified only as Y.P., 46 years old; A.S., 44; S.K., 38; K.B., 35; A.S., 35; U.S., 38; P., 38; P.K.K.V., 50; J.A., 40 and A.S.S. They are members of an organization identified as NAVCHETNA, registered with the Indian Embassy, whose president is A.S., and is also believed to be in police custody.

The arrests have created a kind of panic among the Indians residing in Kuwait because the issue has been blown out of proportion and interpreted by different people in different ways. The Indian Embassy in Kuwait is said to have requested Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to look into the issue and allow consular access to provide assistance to the persons who have been arrested for ‘unknown reasons’.

By Paul Francis X. Fernandes Arab Times Staff


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