Published On: Sun, Nov 19th, 2017

Security Lapse At House Of Indian Diplomat In Durban

Security lapse at the official residence of Indian diplomat, India’s consul-general in Durban, South Africa, Shashank Vikram is being investigated after the invasion of armed robbers who briefly had taken hostage to his five-year-old son on Thursday.

India has taken the issue seriously with the South African government reminding the duty to protect diplomatic staff as well as property under the Vienna Convention.

It is learned members of Vikram’s domestic staff and visiting teacher of his two children were held at the Innes Road residence.

Security Lapse At House Of Indian Diplomat In Durban

Consul S K Pandey said all of them are okay, but traumatized, and nobody suffered any physical harm.

Security of the India House in Morningside has been breached for the first time and that too so easily and seemingly, said Pandey in his report.

It is learned the robbers gained entry to the house by derailing the entrance gate.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “Ensuring the safety and security of Indian diplomats/officials posted abroad and their families is a matter of highest priority for us. In the context of the incident, we have taken up the matter with the relevant authorities.”

Kumar added Durban is home to them and they are comfortable living in the city.

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