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90 Indians held in UAE for protests

They have been arrested for the weekend violent protests by workers, while their 3900 compatriots have been freed.

world Updated: Nov 01, 2007 12:13 IST

At least 90 Indians have been arrested for the weekend violent protests by workers in Dubai while their 3900 compatriots have been released after a brief detention.

Over 4500 South Asians, mostly Indians, had been taken into custody after the protests by workers to press their demands for better wages and working conditions at a labour camp in Dubai.

Of them, 159, including 90 Indians, were identified as being allegedly involved in the violence. "Investigations are underway to find out their exact role in the violence," Indian Ambassador to UAE Talmiz Ahmed told PTI. They would be deported after the probe.

Most of the others, including 3900 Indians, have been released as they were not found involved. They have given undertakings, orally and in writing, that they have no grievance with the employers and had not participated in violence, the Ambassador said. The release was ensured after the intervention of the Indian mission.