India ‘Deeply Shocked’ as Eight Nationals Sentenced to Death in Qatar.

The Ministry of External Affairs is deeply concerned by the recent news from Qatar, where a court has issued a death penalty verdict for eight Indian individuals employed by Al Dahra, a company in the oil-rich nation. The Ministry expresses its heartfelt shock at this development and wants to assure everyone that it is actively working to support the affected individuals and their families.

Who are these eight men? They are former Indian Navy personnel who have been in custody in Qatar since August 2022. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, has stated that they were detained on unspecified charges.


It’s important to note that these eight individuals are highly experienced, including decorated officers who have commanded significant Indian warships. They were working for Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, a private company specializing in providing training to the armed forces of Qatar.


India had been anticipating a verdict this month, with the seventh hearing in the case taking place on October 3. On October 1, India’s Ambassador to Qatar met with these men as the Indian government has been actively working to repatriate them.


Although details regarding the charges against these individuals have not been publicly disclosed, there are reports from anonymous sources suggesting that they have been charged with espionage. Both the Indian and Qatari governments have yet to provide a formal statement outlining the specific charges against them.


The eight men in question are: 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.


This situation is being closely monitored by the Ministry of External Affairs, and they remain committed to providing all necessary consular and legal assistance to the affected individuals. The Indian government is also planning to address this matter with Qatari authorities to seek a resolution. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

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