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Nigerian national death case: Nigeria upset over investigation by Indian authorities

Panaji: A week after a Nigerian national was murdered in Goa, allegedly linked to a war between two gangs involved in drug trafficking, Nigerian ambassador Ndubuisi Vitus Amaku said, "We are being given the impression that the murder of this person is not important to you, your only concern is that of your own people." He also added that the situation is volatile and demanded proper action. "I think both governments can handle it through diplomatic channels. Its not an issue than can be sorted through the media or press." Meanwhile, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We have asked the Chief Secretary of Goa to give a detailed report about the incident."

On Wednesday, the Goa police arrested one of the eight suspects who according to initial investigation, murdered the Nigerian national. According to Goa police a narcotics-related turf-war between rival gangs operating in north coastal Goa led to the murder. With the motive still unclear the hunt is on for the other suspects. The arrest came a day after a Nigerian consular official gave a thinly veiled threat saying, "There are only 50,000 Nigerians living in India but there are over one million Indians living in Nigeria. Thousands of Indians living there will be thrown out on the streets if forcible eviction of Nigerians in Goa does not stop." However, the Nigerians have denied of giving such statement and have blamed the Indian media for it. Earlier, enraged Nigerian nationals had protested on the National Highway 17 in Goa last week. The agitated mob had even refused to move the body of the deceased. While the first arrest in the case may soon lead the police to the root of this murder, the Nigerian community is complaining of being harassed by the police for verification of their identities. The issue has now gone beyond law and order concerns with a diplomatic war brewing between Indian and Nigeria.


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India has shifted its deputy consul general in New York Devyani Khobragade to the UN Permanent Mission in the same city to ensure full diplomatic immunity to her, TV reports said.

She was arrested last week on charges of visa fraud and underpaying a housekeeper on roadside.

The US government had justified the arrest saying her non-official functions were not covered by diplomatic immunity.

“Under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the Indian deputy consul general enjoys immunity from the jurisdiction of US courts only with respect to acts performed in the exercise of consular functions,” US state department spokesperson Marie Harf said on Monday.

She was reportedly handcuffed, subjected to body searches and kept along with drug addicts in custody before being released on a $250,000 (1.5 crore) bail. Her treatment evoked a sharp response from the Indian government.

Earlier in the day, calling her arrest a “conspiracy” in which she was “virtually trapped”, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid vowed he will not return to Parliament until she is brought back and her dignity is restored.

Justifying the government decision to scrap privileges enjoyed by US diplomats in India, Khurshid said it was a matter of India's honour and the country's prestige was involved in it.

"We strongly condemn the incident...We will do the needful to protect India's interests," he said.

“It is no longer an issue of an individual, but the sovereignty of a nation is involved,” the minister added, while assuring c the country will not be let down.

Terming the US action as totally and entirely unacceptable, Khurshid said, "Today, our paramount concern is to ensure that the dignity of our officer is preserved. The tragedy is that this is not an incident in which two countries are involved. This is an incident in which individuals are involved."

"It is not illegality that she is accused of, but the illegality she refused to oblige," he said.

He said the measures against US diplomats in India were not an over-reaction because the treatment meted out to Devyani Khobragade had "not happened out of blue" and there is a "history" behind it.

"I don't think this has been ever done in the country," he said, referring to the scrapping of privileges extended to US diplomats.

Khurshid made suo motu statements in both the Houses after members expressed outrage with demands that a resolution be passed to condemn the US action.

"It is my responsibility. We will bring back the diplomat and restore her dignity. If I fail to do it, I will not return to this House," he said in Rajya Sabha.

In Lok Sabha, he said the government’s priority is to bring her out of the current situation and the talks with the US government will follow.

When members sought to know as to why India was not cancelling all defence agreements with the US, Khurshid said, "All should stand together and talk in one language and one voice for India to succeed on this issue."

Reacting to reporters queries outside Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh termed the treatment meted out to Khobragade by the US authorities as “deplorable”.

Khurshid’s account of the events leading to Khobragade’s arrest

In June and July this year, Khobragade detected disappearance of her servant. The US authorities did not cooperate with efforts made to find her.

Indian authorities here reached out to the husband of the missing servant but he too was unwilling to cooperate.

Khobragade received a phone call from a lawyer who refused to identify himself and offered to settle the matter that would result in grant of permanent citizenship to her and a huge compensation. It became clear that this was a conspiracy and some people trapped her.

Despite filing a complaint with New York police, no action was taken and added that an FIR was registered in Delhi under Sections 420, 403, 408, 120-B IPC in Fatehpur Beri police station.

On September 23, a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against the servant concerned and forwarded to the US State Department requesting them to arrest and repatriate her, but no action was taken.

Instead of actually paying heed to a legitimate action from a court, on December 12, the deputy consular general Khobragade was arrested by the diplomatic police in New York and handed over to New York police marshals.

India retaliates

All US consulates in the country have been told their consular identity cards may be withdrawn for review no later than December 23.

All US consular diplomats and their families have also been asked to surrender airports passes by December 19.

A list of all Indian nationals working with US consulates have been sought by December 23, including domestic servants, copies of their contracts, bank accounts, salaries paid and PAN numbers.

Requests by US missions for privileges like issuance of I-cards and exemption certificates for duty free import of liquor may be withdrawn.


Freedom and sovereignty my friends, the power to take decision thousands of miles away and get it enforced is achieved only once you're independent.

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Yes having your own country can be a great benefit and this view is a regularly expressed and a cherished hope for all on the forum. The problem for Sikhs that want their own country is that half the population in the designated territory is non-Sikh (assuming all the Sikhs wanted it). Without a violent partition and ethnic cleansing bigger then 1947 how can this be achieved? How many innocents will get massacred to achieve it ? What type of country will it be - like a Taliban Afghanistan ?

There are many questions like this that are never answered.

Therefore it is dishonest to keep propagating this sentiment without offering a practical route map.

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Yes having your own country can be a great benefit and this view is a regularly expressed and a cherished hope for all on the forum. The problem for Sikhs that want their own country is that half the population in the designated territory is non-Sikh

Not wanting to overlook Mehtab Singh's instruction but I felt that the fallacy in this veer's statement needed to be pointed out.

Hindus currently form less than half of the population of India. [N.B. Muslims stand at around 25%, Dalits too at around 25%.] The ruling class of the Hindus [brahmins] itself number less than 4% of Hindus; I.e. less than 2% of the overall population of India. The other high classes (2nd ranks) are hardly numerous either; the next 20% of Hindus.

Therefore it can be argued that the net beneficiaries of Indian [brahmin] rule are only around 12% of the population of India.

All that hasn't stopped Brahmanistan [india] from coming into existence and staying in existence.

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One needs to look no further than the example of the Jews. For 2000 years they were persecuted, facing genocide after genocide. Now they have a place(Israel) which they can proudly call home. Similarly Sikhs have faced genocide after genocide. The only time we did not face persecution was when Sikhs had their own independent nation state. After that was over, Sikhs became Ghulams under the British but worse was still to come after 1947 when Sikhs came under the political domination of the Hindus who were our former co slaves but began to rule unfairly which finally led to the 84 genocide.

Sikhs have learnt a lesson that they will never forget and that is: in future Sikhs will never make the mistake of forsaking sovereignty under the political domination of non-Sikhs, especially under Hindus and Muslims. Both have shown their true colours when they get into a position of power. If Sikhs ever get an opportunity for independence, they need to seize that opportunity.

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A "violent partition" will not be required.

A simple plebiscite will do.

That would work in a place like Scotland - where the population is all Scottish. But in the current Punjab half the population is not Sikh.

Even the Sikhs have the opportunity to vote for independence parties like Simranjeet Mann's party. Instead they reject them completely and end up voting for Badal's Akalis, BJP and Congress instead. So a plebiscite will not achieve Khalistan.

It has to be violent and bloody fight for independence against impossible odds.

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