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India seeks Kuwait's help over arrested Indians

Posted on Aug 29 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, Aug 29 : India has sought Kuwait's assistance over the arrest of some Indian nationals following a brawl in that Gulf nation.

"I understand that there was a brawl with nationals of some other countries and that led to a situation where some of the Indian nationals were arrested," Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of the external affairs ministry, told media here Friday.

"We have immediately taken action. Our mission in Kuwait has written to the Kuwaiti foreign ministry and sought their assistance in the matter," he said.

"We also requested for consular assistance and we will provide consular assistance to any Indian national who needs that."

Asked how many Indians have been taken into custody, he put the figure at "anything between a dozen to two dozen".

He also said that the number of Indians who were injured in the brawl at the workers' camp of the company they worked and hospitalised was between 10 and 15 but noted that all of them were safe and no one was in any serious condition.

"We are working with the management of the company to allay their concerns and we hope with the management of the company as well as with the Kuwaiti Authorities, we will be able to allay the concerns of Indian workers," Akbaruddin said.

"Consular officer (has also) visited camp of Indian workers in Kuwait (to) allay their fears. The mission also in touch with management to ensure safety," the spokesman said earlier Friday in tweet.

There are over 750,000 expatriate Indians in Kuwait.

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