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6,290 Indians Detained In Foreign Prisons: Gen VK Singh

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SRINAGAR, INDIA - NOVEMBER 15: Minister of State for External Affairs Gen VK Singh addressing a press briefing on November 15, 2014 in Srinagar, India. VK Singh said the BJP stands for a relook at article 370 that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir but it never sought its abrogation or amendment. (Photos by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — Minister of State for External Affairs General (retired) VK Singh has said that there are 6,290 Indian nationals who have been detained in foreign prisons across 72 countries.

Speaking at the Rajya Sabha, Gen Singh on Thursday informed that the largest number of Indians has been detained in Saudi Arabia, with 1,508 people in prison. The other nations where a large number of Indians are in prison are the UAE (785), Nepal (614), the UK (437) and the US (291).

Gen Singh further stated that India has signed bilateral agreements for the transfer of sentenced prisoners with 20 countries to serve their sentences at home, with agreements with the Organisation of American States also signed for the repatriation of Indian prisoners.

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