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India reiterates full support to the Palestinian People
|Ramallah, 6 Jan. (Wafa): President Yasser Arafat received yesterday a letter from the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, in which Mr. Vajpayee reiterated his and India's full support to the Palestinian People, their leadership and their Just cause.
The letter was delivered to H.E. by the Indian Head of the Foreign Ministry's Bureau upon visiting the PNA accompanied by the Indian representative to the PNA.
Meanwhile, Indian police in Lucknow on 6 January arrested three Arabs on charges of belonging to Hamas. The Uttar Pradesh police have arrested a Palestinian and two Jordanian nationals alleged to be members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The three foreign nationals were arrested from different parts of Lucknow on information provided by the Intelligence Bureau. Police claimed that the trio may have planned to launch attacks in the West and are now probing their links in India. "They were clandestinely staying on in India… More importantly we have also discovered telephone numbers of Hamas in some of the diaries recovered by us," said R K Pandit, director general of Uttar Pradesh Police.
While two of the men are Jordanians, their leader Shabbir is a Palestinian who had been deported twice from India. All three of them were staying illegally by posing as students. The police say that they had even purchased property in Delhi and Lucknow and are now probing their plans. But the accused deny these charges. "We are innocent Palestinians. Tomorrow we go to court and the court will decide, " said Shabbir, the bearded Palestinian who is allegedly the leader of the group. q
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