Dubai: An Indian expatriate in the UAE has
been arrested here for organising a march in support of the
anti-corruption movement launched by social activist Anna
Hazare, who is on an indefinite fast in New Delhi.
More than 150 Indian nationals had gathered at Dubai`s Al
Mamzar Beach last evening for a three-kilometre march in
support of the Gandhian. Halfway through the walk, police
arrived and ordered everyone, except the organiser, to leave,
The National newspaper reported today.
"We were suddenly stopped by police," one of the
participants, who did not wish to be named, said. "We were
asked to leave immediately. It was just a peaceful walk," he
was quoted as saying by the daily.
Confirming the arrest, a senior Dubai Police criminal
investigations official said the man, who was not named in the
report, was being interrogated at the Al Muraqqabat Police
station for "illegally organising a march through Facebook".
He said no permit had been obtained for the march.
The official said police units were sent to the scene and
marchers were dispersed. One person was taken into custody for
organising the march.
Members of the group, including children, were wearing
badges that read, "I support Anna" and carrying the tricolour.
According to UAE law, a suspect can be held without
charge for 48 hours before being referred to the prosecution.
The Indian consulate said it was aware of the arrest and
would provide assistance. Authorities have appealed to Indian
nationals to obey local laws. "It is important to respect
local laws and sensitivity," Sanjay Verma, the Indian consul
Verma said another group of more than 150 Indian
expatriates had met him yesterday to express their support for
the ongoing anti-corruption movement.
"We received a petition signed by 170 people. It has been
forwarded to the (Indian) Prime Minister`s office. That is the
best way to do, instead of violating local laws," the Indian
Hazare`s indefinite fast for the passage of Jan Lokpal
bill today entered sixth day, as thousands of people pouring
in at New Delhi`s Ramlila Ground and scores of others holding
demonstrations in several parts of India and abroad to express
their solidarity with the anti-graft movement.