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Indian efforts for the release of Indians arrested in Qatar have yielded no results

Indian media reported that the country’s embassy in Doha was making “all possible efforts” to release the former officers who were “mysteriously detained” nearly three months ago

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Eight former officers of the Indian Navy were arrested in Qatar on suspicion of spying for Israel, Qatari media recently reported.

According to the report, a high-ranking official from India was sent to the Qatari capital of Doha in October amid efforts to release the eight former officers. Those arrested were reportedly hired by a private company that trains members of the Qatari Navy.

Indian media reported that the country’s embassy in Doha was making “all possible efforts” to release the former officers who were “mysteriously detained” nearly three months ago.

“We are aware of the detention of eight Indian nationals who we understand were working for a private company in Qatar,” the spokesperson of India’s Foreign Ministry Arindam Bagchi told reporters without providing any information on the charges against the former officers.

“We have requested another round of consular access and we are following up with Qatari authorities on this. The detained officers have spoken to their family members “on a few occasions”.

— Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson of India’s Foreign Ministry

According to the New Indian Express, all of them were working for a firm called Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy. One of the detained is believed to be Commander Purnendu Tiwari, the managing director of the company.

They were allegedly engaged in providing training to the Qatari Navy and have been residing in Doha for the past five years. They were arrested in their homes in the middle of the night by Qatar’s State Security Bureau and haven’t been in touch with anyone since August 30, the report stated.

The detained officials were granted one consular visit on October 3, which revealed that they have been kept in solitary confinement and “undergoing extreme mental harassment”. “We have requested another round of consular access and we are following up with Qatari authorities on this,” Bagchi said, adding that the detained officers have spoken to their family members “on a few occasions”.

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