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India continuing to work with Qatar for quick return of eighth Indian Navy veterans: MEA

International Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra

India on Monday appreciated the choice of Qatar’s authorities and the Amir for launch of eighth Indian Navy veterans, who had been initially convicted to loss of life on ‘espionage’ expenses and later commuted to jail. Seven of them arrived in New Delhi this morning.

The place is the eighth ex-Navy veteran launched by Qatar?

Addressing the media on Monday, India’s International Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra mentioned, “Eighth Indian national has also been released and we continue to work with the Qatar government to see how quickly his return to India would be possible.”

As per experiences, solely Commander Purnendu Tiwari hasn’t returned but, Though he has been launched from jail together with others, it’s not clear why he’s not again but.

“We are grateful for their return. We are gratified on their return. We deeply appreciate the decision of Qatar’s government and the Amir to release them. We are happy to have seven of those Indian nationals back,” Kwatra mentioned.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself personally constantly supervised all the developments in this case and has never shied away from any initiatives that would ensure the return of Indian nationals back to home,” the International Secretary mentioned.

Earlier within the day, the MEA, in a press release, mentioned, “The Government of India welcomes the release of eight Indian nationals working for the Dahra Global company who were detained in Qatar. Seven out of the eight of them have returned to India. We appreciate the decision by the Amir of the State of Qatar to enable the release and home-coming of these nationals.”

The transfer is perceived as a giant diplomatic win for India.

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Stories say all these eight males will be capable to reside freely with their households in India.

These eight males have been recognized as Captain Navtej Singh Gill, Captain Birendra Kumar Verma, Captain Saurabh Vasisht, Commander Amit Nagpal, Commander Purnendu Tiwari, Commander Sugunakar Pakala, Commander Sanjeev Gupta, and Sailor Ragesh.

In line with an earlier report by PTI, Captain Navtej Singh Gill was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for excellence when he graduated from the Naval Academy and later served as an teacher on the Defence Providers Workers School at Wellington in Tamil Nadu.

Why had been they awarded loss of life sentence?

On 28 December, 2023, a courtroom of Enchantment of Qatar had reduced death sentence of those eight former Indian Navy personnel to life imprisonment ranging between three years and 25 years. Commander Tiwari, who held a senior management place at Dahra World, was handed the harshest punishment of 25 years.

These eight males had been staff of Doha-based Dahra World. They had been taken into custody on 30 August 2022 by Qatar’s State Safety Bureau, the nation’s spy company. Following their arrest, they had been put in solitary confinement throughout which a few of them confronted well being issues. They had been later put in a double-bed occupancy in a jail ward together with their colleagues.

Dahra World supplied coaching and different companies to Qatar’s armed forces. The subsidiary was shut down in Could this 12 months.

The fees in opposition to them weren’t made public by Qatari authorities, however experiences mentioned that they had been charged with spying for Israel.

Additionally Learn: How Indian Navy veterans, their families learnt about release from Qatar jail

After the preliminary verdict was pronounced, India had referred to as it ‘deeply shocking’. Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had additionally met the relations of the eight males and guaranteed them that the federal government attaches “the highest importance” to the case.

On 25 March, 2023, the fees had been filed in opposition to these eight males after which the trial started on 29 March.

In Could 2023, Dahra World shut down its operations in Doha and all staff – primarily Indians – have since returned house.

On 1 December final 12 months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the sidelines of the COP28 Summit. Two days after this, the Indian Ambassador to Qatar, Vipul, on 3 December, 2023, bought consular entry to satisfy the ex-Navy personnel and on 28 December final 12 months Court docket of Enchantment reduces their capital punishment to imprisonment.

With inputs from businesses

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