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25 Indians held in Kuwait for death of two Egyptians safe
August 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM

New Delhi: India on Friday said that 25 of its nationals arrested in Kuwait, for allegedly killing two Egyptians following a brawl with foreigners, were safe.

Confirming their safety, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin also said that all the 25 Indian nationals – nearly a dozen in Kuwaiti Police custody and others admitted to hospital by authorities there, following the alleged brawl – would be provided with necessary assistance.

"Our mission has gone to all hospitals there to check the welfare of Indian nationals there. I can confirm that no Indian national is in any danger. The rest of the Indians are in the camp," Akbaruddin told the media in Delhi.

Urging all Indians in Kuwait to respect the local laws there, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has been keeping a tab on the developments there and Delhi would do its best to help those in distress in that Gulf nation.

"We have immediately taken action. Our mission in Kuwait has written to the Kuwaiti foreign ministry and sought their assistance. We've also requested for consular assistance to any Indian who needs it," he said.

In fact, a number of Indian workers in Kuwait have sent an SOS to the Narendra Modi government, following the arrest of 25 colleagues.

They have alleged that they were being hounded by the police and confined by the firm that had employed them.

More than 500 workers, mostly from Punjab and Rajasthan, are reportedly stuck in the compound of the firm, and they say they are not being allowed to go.

 "Our firm is harassing us. I appeal to the Indian government for help. About 700 of us working here are being targeted," the workers said in a video.

"We have called the management of the company to discuss with them and we will work with them to try and ensure that normal food provision, etc are there for Indian nationals in the camp. Despite today being a Friday, which is a holiday in Kuwait, we have worked through this," Akbaruddin said.

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