‘Treatment of diplomat violation of Vienna norms’

Posted on January 3, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

BEIJING/NEW DELHI: Shyamsundar Agarwal and Deepak Raheja, who were held in China, were left to face the ire of the Chinese after the owner of Yemeni firm Euro Global TradingMahir Faoud Husain Bazaara they were working for disappeared without paying dues. They were picked up by Chinese traders, who allegedly gave large sums of money to the company. 

Indian officials are trying to persuade Chinese authorities to provide police protection to the two Indians, who are complaining of hideous conditions. “We have been tortured for two weeks by the traders. The police have agreed to let us stay in the police station until tomorrow morning. Please help us. We don't know what will happen if we leave these premises,” Agarwal said. 

India has protested that the treatment to its diplomat is a contravention of the Vienna Convention. In Delhi, answering questions, Chinese diplomat Zhang Yue said, “This seems to be a civic-commercial dispute. We would do our best to handle this properly.” 

The two Indians have pleaded that they can hardly be called to account for the Yemeni company's actions. “I am an ordinary clerk in the company. I have bought nothing from the Chinese traders. But they are demanding money from me because our company owner has vanished after making the purchases,” Agarwal said. He added he did not know what papers he has signed during the interrogation and torture. “We have done nothing wrong. But they can now use the papers to show we made the purchases and did not pay for it,” he said. The buying was done by his employer who owns the firm Euro Global Trading, he said. 

In Delhi on Monday, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “It's incumbent on MEA to raise the issue with China and take it to its logical conclusion.” 

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