A group of Indians, most of whom were from the coastal region of Mangalore landed in police custody a fortnight ago for holding a ‘Sathyanarayana puja’, a Hindu religious ceremony, in a hall in Kuwait. The 11 Indians, all office-bearers of Navachetana Welfare Association have been organizing such events for the past decade.
"Eleven men who were conducting a puja were taken in for questioning by police after the neighbors complained. All have now been deported,” said Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain.
Those deported include the Association’s President, Ashok Kumar, as well as members Yadav Poojary, Anil Kumar, Kumar Vamanjoor, Sathish Beluvai, Umesh Shetty, Arun Shetty, Prashanth Shetty and Purushottam Kukyan. It was learned that the ambassador was in touch with the authorities and held talks with concerned government representatives, as a result of which the anxious family members of those arrested were permitted to speak with them.
In India, relatives of the arrested persons had approached external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj with a request to help them in this matter. MP Shobha Karandlaje too has brought this incident to the attention of the Indian Minister and has said that efforts are on to get the arrested persons brought to India at the earliest.