New Delhi: The Indian government has secured the release of five Indian nationals abducted by Arakan Army, an insurgent group, in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. One of the detainees died of heart attack. A member of Myanmar Parliament and four other nationals of the neighbouring country were also released. They were all abducted on Sunday.
The released Indian nationals, along with the deceased, have reached Sittwe and will leave for Yangon on Tuesday for onward journey to India, the home ministry said in a statement.
“On November 3, the five Indian nationals, along with a Member of Myanmar Parliament, two local transporters and two speedboat operators were abducted by Arakan Army in the Rakhine state. The abducted Indians were engaged in building Myanmar’s Kaladan road project," the MHA said.
The instances of violence between the Arakan Army and Myanmar government in Rakhine state have been escalating. This was the first episode of foreign nationals being abducted by the insurgent group.