Seven Indian staff members of IL&FS 'detained' in Ethiopia; Centre takes up issue with authorities in African nation

The Union government has taken up with Ethiopian authorities the issue of reported detention of seven Indians, working in an Indian firm, by unpaid local staff of the company in the African country, official sources said.

Representational image. Reuters.

An office building of IL&FS. Reuters.

According to reports, seven Indian workers from infrastructure financing firm IL&FS have been detained since 25 November by unpaid local staff of the company which is involved in a number of projects in Ethiopia.

The sources said India has taken up the matter on priority with both the Ethiopian authorities and IL&FS management with a view to resolve it expeditiously. "We are doing our best to ensure settlement of this matter," said a source.

The issue came to light when one of the people said to have been detained, Chaitanya Hari, posted a tweet asking for help, and tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

News18 quotes the Indian nationals as saying that the local staff may have taken recourse to this step because of the possible termination of some road projects being built by Indian and Spanish joint ventures.

Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), a major infrastructure financing and construction company, defaulted on some of its debt obligations in recent weeks triggering wider concerns about risk in the rest of the country’s financial sector.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 30, 2018 21:53:15 IST

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