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Govt raises Indians' issue with Nepal

india Updated: Aug 01, 2006 22:02 IST

India has taken up with Kathmandu the issue of harassment of Indian businessmen by Maoist-related outfits in Nepal and was trying to ensure the security of Indians living in the Himalayan country.

"We have strongly taken up the issue with the Nepal government through our embassy in Kathmandu," ministry of external affairs spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

He said the topmost concern was to ensure the security and welfare of the Indians living in Nepal.

The Indian embassy in Kathmandu has so far received one complaint, of extortion by people belonging to Maoist-affiliated outfits, from Rakesh Wadhwa, executive director of Nepal Recreation Company.

Asked to comment on reports of a number of Indians leaving that country following threats from Maoists, the spokesman called such reports "alarmist", while adding that India was keeping a close watch on the situation.

The Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union has demanded that only Nepalis be given jobs in the country's casinos, asking non-Nepalis, including Indians, to leave the country.

A statement issued by Casino Everest here on Monday said two Indians were threatened by members of Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union that if they did not immediately resign, their lives would be in danger.

The rebel union has given a 14-point demand to at least two casinos in the Nepal capital, including the demand to employ only Nepalis.

"Non-Nepali citizens other than technical ones working in the casino must be removed and their jobs replaced by Nepali citizens," the union demanded.