Indian nationals' arrest grabs attention

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  • Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003

TAMIL Nesan played up a report on the arrest and alleged assault of 270 Indian nationals, mostly information technology professionals, by police at a condominium in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday. 

It said the detainees had lodged several reports at the Indian High Commission, claiming that they were kicked and slapped and had their travel documents damaged during the raid and investigation. 

The daily also said that the Press Trust of India reported that 270 people were arrested during the incident but Malaysian police said only 168 were held. 

It added that a major Indian daily, The Hindu, front-paged the incident on Monday, reporting that Indian Embassy officials were initially not given permission to meet detainees but were later allowed to do so. 

The detainees were released upon verification of their passports and work permits. 

The daily said the Malaysian High Commissioner to India was summoned to the Indian Foreign Ministry to explain the situation, adding that the Indian Government had warned Malaysia that the incident could strain bilateral relations between the countries.  

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