Working with Sudanese govt to bring bodies of 6 Indians: MEA

Raveesh Kumar
External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar while addressing media briefing. File photo

New Delhi (NVI): India is closely working with the Sudanese Government to bring back the bodies of six Indian workers, who lost their live in a tragic ceramic factory fire in the capital Khartoum on December 3, the External Affairs Ministry said.

Addressing a weekly press briefing here today, Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that six Indians have lost their lives while 11 are missing and eight were being treated in hospitals.

“As per our knowledge, there were 58 Indian workers in the factory. And the update that we have is, six Indians have lost their lives in this incident, while 33 are safe. Besides, eight people are in hospitals and 11 are missing and we can say that they are either missing or unidentified,” the official said.

He said that the families of the deceased have been contacted and the Indian Embassy in Sudan was closely working with the local government to bring back the bodies as soon as possible.

He said, “Our Ambassador had also visited the injured in the hospital”.

Notably, a major blast took place in a ceramic factory in the Bahri area of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum which claimed more than 20 lives.

Replying to a question on Indians abducted in Nigeria, Raveesh Kumar said that 18 Indian national crew members on board MT Nave Constellation, were abducted from the high seas off Bonny Island on December 3.

The official said, “We are working with the Nigerian authorities and we cannot give more information as the lives of the abducted crew is involved”.