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Qatar releases all eight former Indian Navy personnel

By IndianMandarins- 12 Feb 2024


New Delhi (12.02.2024): In a major diplomatic victory for India which was even questioned in domestic politics, Qatar has released all eight former Indian Navy personnel who were arrested and sentenced by the  country in an alleged case of espionage.
The veterans – Captains Navtej Gill and Saurabh Vasisht, Commanders Purnendu Tiwari, Amit Nagpal, SK Gupta, BK Verma and Sugunakar Pakala, and sailor Ragesh – were detained in August 2022 on undeclared charges. The capital punishment was commuted to an extended prison term earlier following diplomatic intervention by New Delhi.
"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 Emir of the State of Qatar to enable the release and home-coming of these nationals," the MEA said in a statement.

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