New Delhi, September 21
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs V. Muraleedharan said Wednesday the Indian Mission to Myanmar is making every effort to secure the release of Indians trapped in the Myawaddy region of that country after they fell victim to an international racket. which promises jobs in Thailand.
The Embassy of India in Myanmar had rescued over 30 of the 60 Indians trapped in the Myawaddy area after they fell victim to the thug.
The Myawaddy area in Kayin State, bordering Thailand in south-eastern Myanmar, is not fully under the control of the Myanmar government and is dominated by certain ethnic armed groups.
“I spoke to our Ambassador Vinay Kumar about Indians being held in Myanmar. The ambassador updated me on the developments and informed that every effort will be made to release the Indians as soon as possible,” Muraleedharan said on Twitter.
The mission is closely following the matter, he said.
People familiar with the matter had previously said the Indian nationals were duped by the international gang, which offered them jobs in Thailand but were instead illegally taken to Myanmar.
Myanmar is one of India’s strategic neighbors, sharing a 1,640 km border with a number of northeastern states including Nagaland and Manipur.
“Despite security issues and other legal and logistical difficulties, we have so far rescued more than 30 Indians and are making every possible effort to secure the release of other Indians who have fallen victim to criminal groups,” the Embassy of India in Myanmar tweeted on Tuesday.