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In Saudi WikiLeaks, Delhi theft and S American ‘Hindutva’

In one cable, Islamic body in Suriname says Muslims ‘lured’ to attend Hindu meetings; another alleges medical check-up scam in Kerala.

Written by Apurva | New Delhi | Published: June 23, 2015 3:16:51 am
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A request to the External Affairs Ministry for help to speed up a Delhi Police investigation into a burglary at a diplomat’s house; an alert about young Muslims in Suriname being “lured” by Hindus; and an anonymous whistleblower trying to expose an alleged medical check-up scam in Kerala.

These are part of the stock of diplomatic cables, apparently from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that were released by WikiLeaks on Friday.

Documents on WikiLeaks show that the Embassy of Saudi Arabia had written to the External Affairs Ministry on November 28, 2011, seeking help to hasten a police probe after an attache’s house was burgled of goods worth around Rs 25 lakh.

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“The Royal Embassy will highly appreciate if the esteemed Ministry could kindly use its good offices with the concerned authorities in the Government of India so as the burglars are apprehended and the valuables stolen from the residence of the abovementioned diplomat are recovered at the earliest possible,” the letter stated.

On March 1, 2012, an Indian law firm representing the Embassy wrote on the same issue: “According to the Police, they had identified the suspects and they are trying to ascertain their location (since they operate from the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh) so that they could be nabbed.”

The law firm suggested that “it is imperative that the said case be pursued through Minister of External Affairs, GOI and a reminder be sent to them so that GOI may use its good offices and the above case be taken on top priority…”

In another cable, the head of the Suriname Islamic Organisation has asked the King Abdul Aziz Library in Riyadh for more books and a better library to counter the influence of other religions in the country.

“The Christians have the full backing and support from their people from Holland, United States of America and Venezuela.

The Hindus have the support from India. With the help of India, several cultural centers had been set up in different parts of Suriname where Hindu religion and culture are propagated. Several young Muslims have been lured to attend their meetings,” the faxed letter stated.

The leaked documents also include a whistleblower’s allegations about doctors handing out “fake medical reports” in Kerala for those flying to Saudi Arabia.

The unidentified complainant has alleged that doctors conduct “medical checkup at various places in Kerala through PROXY doctors and unauthorised laboratories”.

“As far we know certain elements in the consulates (Saudi Consulate Mumbai-India) and certain travel agencies…conspire with these units and provide logistic support to them against the ethics of their conduct. Known cases of dangerous communicable diseases (HIV, HbsAg, HCV, Tuberculosis etc..) were also made FIT by these people. We earnestly seek your attention to this grave matter,” the whistleblower alleged.

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