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Dubai court grants bail to Hazare supporters

Two Indian nationals remain in custody, accused of organising an illegal protest in Dubai

Dubai court grants bail to Hazare supporters
Social activist Hazare has gained a host of supporters across the UAE, home to an estimated one million Indian expats

Three men accused of organising an illegal demonstration in
support of Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare have been granted bail
while two remain in custody, the Indian Consulate said Sunday.

Dubai Public Prosecution last week denied bail to all five
men, who were arrested on charges of unlawful assembly, but have since released
three men, said the consulate.

 “The case is being
examined under the local laws and it is learnt that the detainees have hired a
lawyer and sought bail,” the consulate said in an emailed statement.

“Today [4 September], three out of the five detainees have
been granted bail by the court. The Consulate is closely following the case,”
it added.

Social activist Hazare, who on Sunday said he will not rest
until corruption ends in India, has gained a host of supporters across the UAE,
home to an estimated one million Indian expats.

More than 150 Indians took part in a 3km walk at Dubai’s
Mamzar Beach two weeks ago to show their backing for his anti-graft campaign.

The Indian consulate in the UAE has cautioned nationals
against staging any illegal protests in support of the 74-year old self-styled
Gandhian activist.

“Sometimes, an emotive reaction encourages behaviour that
falls foul of local laws and sensitivities,” Sanjay Verma, the Indian consul
general, wrote on his Facebook page.

“I do understand that many Indians here feel strongly about
the protests in India. A simpler way of conveying concerns is by petitions.”

Indian expat KK Sarachandra Bose organised a second trip for
Indian expatriates from the UAE to New Delhi to join in the protests, which
have rallied much of the Indian population and tapped a groundswell of public
anger against endemic corruption.

“We want to show the government of India that we all support
[Hazare] and that we are all against corruption,” he told Arabian Business.

“We want to have a corruption-free India,” he added. “Last
time I took part [in protests] I was arrested but I want to show my support for
the cause.”

Hazare broke his 228-hour fast on August 28 after forcing
Indian parliament to move on an anti-graft bill.

hombil 8 years ago

Sometimes the Expat community in the GCC forget that they are after all guest workers and are bound by the local rules and regulations. If they have any grievances related to their home country, that should be conveyed via petition, as mentioned by Sanjay Verma, the Indian Consul General and not by taking out processions, thus disturbing the peace and breaking the local laws. They must respect the local laws of the land or go back to their home country, where they have the democratic right to protest, take out processions, etc.

Deepak Amin 8 years ago

I personally feel that these protest and agitation are to be avoided in GCC, as it does not tally with the laws of the country and region, we are expats and should remain withing our reach. People who are interested should go back to their home country and start supporting the cause which we all have in our heart

These types of acts are useless & will not be recommended, thus all expats has to understand that there is a border line. The results of such acts are already known