The Qatari government has arrested and jailed former Indian naval officers on espionage charges. They have been in jail there for 18 months. At that time they were sentenced to death.
PM Modi: Exactly two years ago, BJP leader Nupur Sharma's comments on Prophet Muhammad caused a stir. At that time the then Vice President Venkaiah Naidu went on a visit to Qatar. Qatari diplomatic officials protested citing Nupur Sharma's comments. This development has created embarrassment for the central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Everyone thought that India's diplomatic relations with Qatar had been damaged due to this. With this, Indian Minister of External Affairs Jai Shankar resolved this dispute to some extent. While this issue is still going on, the country of Qatar has arrested former officers of the Indian Navy for espionage. Put in jail. At that time, everyone thought that it was doubtful that they would come out in the wake of the disputes with Qatar. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared all their doubts. Qatar has bowed their necks and released former naval officers.
The Qatari government has arrested and jailed former Indian naval officers on espionage charges. They have been in jail there for 18 months. At that time they were sentenced to death, but the court changed it to imprisonment. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made every effort to bring them out. As a result of those efforts, the Qatari government released the former officers of the Indian Navy who were in jail. Among those released, these seven have already reached Delhi. All these arrested people are working in Dahra Global Company. Qatar accuses them of spying against their country. All of them were arrested.. 8 of those arrested were serving in the Indian Navy. At that time, when they were arrested, the Qatar court decided to impose the death penalty. But the court changed it to imprisonment.. After the diplomatic dispute with the Qatar government at that time, the matter came to light and the Indian government started consultation. As they were successful, they were all released from Qatar prison. Seven have already reached Delhi. Another person is also on the way. “We welcome the release of the Indian citizens by the Qatari government. Seven of the eight jailed persons have already reached New Delhi,” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
In fact, the ex-servicemen of the Indian Navy are working in Dahra Global Company. Among them are Captains Saurabh Vashisht, Nava Tej Gill, Commanders Birendra Kumar Verma, Purnendu Tiwari, Pakala Sugunakar, Sanjeev Gupta, Amit Nag Pal and Sailor Nagesh. Sugunakar belongs to Visakhapatnam district. Qatar's primary court only heard two or three times that all of them were spying. The death penalty was decided. However, India made diplomatic efforts to cancel it. The court allowed the appeal. But the trial court commuted the death sentence to imprisonment on 28 December 2023. Moreover, 60 days have been given to appeal it. Due to this, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs has used all the legal channels available in that country. As a result, the Qatari court came down and released the Indian citizens.
Former Indian Navy officers are of the opinion that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has continuously taken initiative in the process of release. After arriving at the Delhi airport on Monday, they chanted Bharat Mataki Jai. “Finally we have reached home. We thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this. Without his personal intervention we would not have come out. “We are also grateful to the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani,” former naval officers said.
India has several defense agreements with the Gulf country of Qatar. Lakhs of Indians are working in various fields in this country. India is importing liquid natural gas on a large scale from Qatar. At the same time Qatar capital Doha is exporting in various forms. Countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed various sanctions, accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism. Blocked transport routes. India has not shown any discrimination in the supply of construction materials and other food items to Qatar even in these difficult times. Appreciating India's positive attitude towards them, Qatar seems to have released the former Indian naval officers.