India calls back 2 HC staff involved in hit-and-run


By Asghar Ali Mubarak

ISLAMABAD: Two Indian High Commission employees, who were briefly detained for being involved in a hit-and-run accident in Islamabad last week, returned to India on Monday morning through the Wagah-Attari border, an official said.
Dwimu Brahma and Selvadas Paul were briefly detained and booked by police after their speeding vehicle crashed into a pedestrian in the capital on June 15, triggering a diplomatic spat between New Delhi and Islamabad. On Monday, the two employees who worked as drivers at the high commission were escorted to the Wagah border by Indian officials after they were called back by New Delhi, according to diplomatic sources.
“The two Indian officials have returned to India today morning through Wagah-Attari,” Indian High Commission spokesperson Akhilesh Singh said in a statement. Last Tuesday, the Foreign Office (FO) had rejected the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ “irresponsible” statement regarding the detention of the two officials, calling it a “reprehensible attempt to distort facts and deny culpability”. The statement had come in response to the Indian foreign ministry’s reported claim that the two staff members had been “subjected to interrogation, torture and physical assault, resulting in grievous injuries”.
While rejecting the claim, the FO spokesperson had said that a pedestrian was “seriously injured” after being hit by Brahma and Paul’s vehicle and was taken to hospital. “During the course of the investigation, fake currency was also recovered from the aforementioned officials.