After seven days of their disappearance, the Foreign Ministry of Qatar government formally confirmed that Nepal-born British citizens Krishna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire are arrested by Qatar security authorities.
A news release issued on website of the Ministry with Saturday’s dateline mentions that they are “being interrogated for having violated the provisions of the laws of the State of Qatar.”
It said both were arrested on last Sunday, August 31.
The Ministry also assured that all the actions taken against them are “consistent with the principles of human rights enshrined in the Constitution and the laws of the State of Qatar.”
It, however, did not say anything about which particular law they acted against and when they will be freed.
The Qatar government also confirmed that some representatives of British Embassy in Doha visited the duo and took stock of their situation.
It assured the investigations are being carried out in a direct contact with the Doha-based British Embassy.
Earlier, last night, the kin and employer organisation of the missing two persons had said they received a message that both are safe.
The kin and the organisation Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) were claiming that the Upadhyaya and Ghimire were illegally held incommunicado by Qatar police.
They were investigating into labourers’ situation deployed for constructing facilities for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.