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Meeting with Maj Gen Abdul Fatah Al-Ali, Assistant Under Secretary, Public Security Affairs at Ministry of Interior
June 11, 2014, 5:47 pm

Amid reports of security raids on 6/6/2014 in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, Murghab, Fahaheel, Abu Halifa, Al-Rai, Friday Market and some adjacent areas in Shuwaikh wherein approximate 820 expatriates were rounded for violating various Kuwaiti rules and regulations, Counsellor B K Upadhyay has met Maj Gen Abdul Fatah Al-Ali, Assistant Under Secretary, Public Security Affairs, MOI, Kuwait on 10/06/2014 to discuss the issues involved and appraise the few complaints received from Indians.

The following advice is given to the Indian community to help them avoid any involvement in illegal activities and later being deported.

Recent raids were conducted based on complaints received from various Ministries particularly Municipality, Commerce and Labour that expatriates were involved in selling used clothes, waste vegetables, expired food products etc at cheaper rates in residential colonies and outside cooperatives. Such street type vendors are unauthorized and create problems that affect the functioning of the above ministries.

Before starting any raids, the residences, market area, outside cooperatives, etc were photographed and the activities of such people have been documented so that the offenders could be segregated from casual visitors. The important details were collected in advance by the police before the raids were planned.

Those who are detained due to cases lodged by their sponsors could be released by their sponsors only. It was made known that  the details of cases against individuals have been computerized and are available for anyone to check out the facts of the case against them. In the case of absconding cases, any individual can visit the Ministry of Labour and submit that one is not absconding. He is working out because the sponsor failed to give him work. He can insist that the Sponsor be called and he is ready to go back with him.

Maj Gen Abdul Fatah Al-Ali further said that these people should have an authorization letter from the Sponsor permitting them to work outside.

On the query regarding fear of night checks, it was stated that there would be no night checking and there is no need for the public to be afraid. In the instance that there are people coming for night checking in civil dress, please ask for an identity card and inform on the number 112 of such checking. Police will help is such cases.

Out of the 820 expatriates who were rounded up on 6/6/2014, 720 were released after verification of their status. Out of these, 60 who were rounded for the above mentioned illegal activities, only 15-20 are Indians. That too there are photographs and video recordings of their illegal activities. The Embassy will continue to render all help to the members of the Indian community. There is no need to panic about the situation and ignore unsubstantiated rumours.

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