MOI suspects Naxalite presence in Kuwait

30 06 2008

KUWAIT: A recent security report issued by the Ministry of Interior has warned against Naxalite groups’ attempts to infiltrate Asian laborers into GCC countries like Kuwait, reported Al-Rai. The report described the group as the most menacing in all of the Indian subcontinent. According to the report, the group has been identified as the one that works among poor farmers and workers, supplying them with arms to wage a war against their respective governments.

Further, the report warned that the group has decided to leave India for the GCC states, since they consider the Middle East as their second enemy — capitalists who achieve progress by importing cheap Asian labor and treat them inhumanly. Moreover, the report argued that there was evidence that the group managed to penetrate many GCC states including Kuwait. It says that this is indicated by the relatively more organized labor strikes and demonstrations, that have been organized lately — for example, the
Afghani workers attack on their country’s embassy in Kuwait.

The report called for ‘rationalizing’ the entry of Asian workers, especially Bangladeshis, since many were involved in criminal acts. They should be hired only as cleaners and shepherds, the report suggested. A close watch should be kept on Naxalite activities in Kuwait. This will help prevent undesirable penetration of Asian communities into Kuwait,, the report stated.

 In a security report, the ministry said the group decided to enter Gulf countries, which are their enemy No 2 after India, due to high capitalism and alleged inhuman treatment meted out to Asian menial laborers in the region. The ministry suspects that the recent protests by menial laborers in different parts of the Gulf could have been part of Naxal activities, “as the protestors even attacked embassies of their countries.”

The ministry said some of the protestors were Bangladeshi expatriates who protested when their companies failed to pay their wages and added that this sector of people were involved in the highest number of violent crimes in the country. These menial workers mostly work at cleaning companies or as shepherds and farmers. The ministry stressed that securitymen will double their surveillance and inspections at locations frequented by menial laborers. “The huge increase in marginal Bangladeshi expatriates has caused many troubles to citizens and many developed countries like US and UK too are suffering due to unwanted laborers in their countries,” it noted.

A large number of these marginal menial laborers are staying in the country illegally and mostly meet in Abdullah Port, Sabhan Industrial Area, Amghara Scrap and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh areas. The ministry expressed concern that these people may form groups and gangs and can spread crime and fear in the country and “some of these groups communicate with international organizations and give misleading information in an attempt to demand their rights.” 
Corruption and failure to stop residence permit trading are the major causes of this problem, stated the ministry in the report.




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