Jailed In Qatar, Navy Veterans Didn’t Know They Were Coming Home, Until…

Om Sharma
By Om Sharma 3 Min Read

FEBRUARY 12, 2024

The seven Navy veterans reached Delhi in an IndiGo flight that landed at 2 am.”

Seven Navy veterans jailed in Qatar were brought back to India unexpectedly.

They were not informed about their imminent release and were asked to pack their things by jailors the night before.

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They were taken to the Embassy and then to the airport, boarding an IndiGo flight that landed in Delhi at 2 am.

These veterans were among eight Indians sentenced to death by a Qatar court in October, allegedly for spying.

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The death penalty was commuted in December following India’s diplomatic intervention.

One veteran is still working through paperwork and is expected to return soon.

The returned veterans include Captain Navtej Singh Gill (retired), Captain Saurabh Vasisht (retired), Commander Purnendu Tiwari (retired), Captain Birendra Kumar Verma (retired), Commander Sugunakar Pakala (retired), Commander Sanjeev Gupta (retired), Commander Amit Nagpal (retired), and Sailor Ragesh (retired).

They were arrested in Qatar in 2022 and had been in jail since then.

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Eight Indian nationals, who were detained in Qatar on charges of spying, have been released.

The veterans were working for Dahra Global and were involved in training the Qatar Navy before their arrest.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry welcomed their release and stated that seven out of the eight have returned to India.

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The release came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

One of the veterans expressed gratitude towards PM Modi for his personal intervention in securing their release.

Another veteran thanked the Prime Minister and the Government of India for their efforts, emphasizing that their return wouldn’t have been possible without PM Modi’s intervention and his relationship with Qatar.

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