“8 former Indian Navy labor forces awarded death penalty in Qatar; ‘ Deeply shocked ’, says MEA

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8 former Indian Navy labor forces

The 8 former Indian Navy labor forces  have been in jail since August last time. The charges against them weren’t made public by Qatari authorities.

A court in Qatar has handed down the death penalty to 8 former Indian Navy labor forces who have been detained in the country for over a time. The Indian government expressed shock over the sentencing and pledged to explore all available legal options to secure the release of its citizens.

8 former Indian Navy labor forces awarded death penalty in Qatar:

The eight men, including decorated officers who have commanded major Indian warships, were working for Al Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, a private establishment that handed training and related services to Qatar’s fortified forces and security agencies. Their bail pleas were rejected multitudinous times and their detention was extended by Qatari authorities.

Commander( retired) Purnendu Tiwari, who’s among the detained Indians, served as Al Dahra’s managing director and commanded several warships while serving with the cortege .

‘ Deeply shocked ’

” We are directly aware that the Court of First Instance of Qatar has rendered a decision on the eight Indian workers of the Al Dahra enterprise. We’re deeply shocked by the verdict of death penalty and are awaiting the detailed judgment,” the ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

” We are investigating all available legal possibilities while keeping in contact with the family and the legal platoon,” it added. The ministry stressed that they attach high significance to the case and have been following it nearly.

“ We will keep providing all necessary legal and consular support. We’ll also take up the verdict with Qatari authorities, ” the ministry said, refusing to make any farther comment at this juncture due to the nonpublic nature of the proceedings of the case.

People familiar with the matter lately told HT on condition of obscurity that the eight men have been charged with spying. Qatari and Indian authorities have noway handed details of the charges against the men, who were held in solitary confinement for long spells. The people further said an Indian intelligencer and his partner were lately ordered by Qatari authorities to leave the country for reporting on the case. The Indian citizens had their first trial in late March.

Meetu Bhargava, the family of one of the officers, had sought help from the Indian government to bring her family back, reported ANI. In a post on X on June 8, Bhargava had appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intermediate.

“I respectfully request once more that our Honorable Prime Minister allow these former Navy officers, who represent the nation’s pride, to return to India in a well-organized manner without any farther detentionpl.@narendramodi@AmitShah@rajnathsingh@MOS_MEA” she posted onX.

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