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QUESTION NO.3853 KILLING OF INDIANS IN SOUTH SUDAN

April 06, 2017

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3853
TO BE ANSWERED ON 06.04.2017

KILLING OF INDIANS IN SOUTH SUDAN

3853. SHRI T. RATHINAVEL:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that the rebels killed Indians working in South Sudan;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether Government has taken up this issue with Government of Sudan; and

(d) if so, the response thereto?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]



(a) & (b) One Indian national Mr. Farook Basha Syed from Hyderabad was shot dead on 17 February 2017 by unknown gunmen in the Abyei region, a disputed territory located on the border of Sudan and South Sudan with rival claims of both the countries on it. However, it could not be established with certainty that he was killed by the rebels of South Sudan. The deceased was an employee of a drilling company M/s Omaski Sai and his body was recovered by the United Nation Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), the UN force manning the demilitarized zone of Abyei.

(c) & (d) The issue was immediately taken up with the Governments of both Sudan as well as South Sudan, which promptly facilitated in repatriation of the mortal remains of the deceased to India, which reached Hyderabad on 25 February 2017.

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