Indian minister denies Gulf News report on Naxalites in the country

Filed on May 17, 2006

DUBAI — Muhammed Ali Shabbir, Minister of Information, Public Relations and Non-Resident Affairs, State of Andhra Pradesh, denied yesterday the report published in Gulf News quoting him that some members of a controversial organisation from Andhra could have found employment in the UAE as construction workers.

Speaking to your favourite No. 1 newspaper Khaleej Times from India, Shabbir Ali said: “The report is baseless. I was misquoted by the newspaper, propagating romours. The report is completely misleading. I did not say that people who served Naxal organisations in Andhra Pradesh have found jobs in Dubai.”

“This report does not make any sense to me. How can somebody who serves in Naxal organisations get a passport to go out of the country without police verification. Once the Naxalites surrender to the police, they are referred to the court, which decides what punishment should be meted out. How can such people land overseas jobs?”, he asked.

“I don't understand how a newspaper can attribute this to me. I completely deny this report. This kind of reports create misunderstanding and lead to further problems,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Indian Consulate in Dubai also denied the reports, branding it as “baseless”. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Consul General Yash Kumar Sinha said: “We do not have any information about ex-naxals having found jobs in Dubai. I think this kind of reports create confusion. I do not see any chance for ex-Naxalites coming here and finding jobs as labourers. I cannnot see any logic in the issue.”

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