Four Indians, suspected to be ISIS sympathisers, released by Syria

Indian government has secured the release of four Indian from war-torn Syria, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday.

Last Updated: Apr 03, 2016, 12:12 PM IST
Four Indians, suspected to be ISIS sympathisers, released by Syria

New Delhi: Indian government has secured the release of four Indian from war-torn Syria, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday.

"We have secured the release of four Indian nationals from Syria," Sushma tweeted today morning.

Adding further, she said that she had requested Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij to secure their release.

The 4 Indian nationals secured from Syria are Arun Kumar Saini, Sarvjit Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Joga Singh.

According to a report by NDTV, the four Indians were arrested by the Syrian government in January this year which had thought they were on their way to joining terror outfit ISIS.

The four Indians were arrested by the Syrian government in Damascus after they crossed over from Jordan into Syria. They were suspected by the Syrian government of being ISIS sympathisers.

However, it was later revealed that they were not ISIS sympathisers but illegal migrants who were travelling without valid documents.

Earlier, on Satrday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praises on his cabinet colleague Sushma Swaraj during his visit to Saudi Arabia.

“Our External Affairs Minister Sushma gives priority to any case that comes up from any part of the world concerning distress to people. If an Indian is in trouble anywhere in the World, our government makes all effort to help them,” Modi said while highlighting Swaraj’s active response through social media to reach out out to Indians in distress abroad.

Moreover, the External Affairs Minister was praised by her political detractors as well in the just concluded Budget session of the parliament.