Three Israeli diplomats in IGIA fracas to be sent home

The three Israeli diplomats accused of assaulting an immigration officer at the Indira Gandhi International Airport are being sent back home by their embassy, sources said. The Israel embassy on Tuesday night confirmed the development and sources said the decision was taken to avoid any diplomatic fracas between the two countries.

The Israeli diplomats had been charged with assaulting an immigration officer at the Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 on Saturday afternoon reportedly after the officer took too long to process their papers.

Police said the three diplomats have been charged under Sections 186 (obstructing a public servant in the discharge of his duties), 353 and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from performing his duty).

Police said the diplomats were headed to Kathmandu and were preparing to board a SpiceJet flight. The incident was captured on CCTV cameras, police said. Reportedly, when the diplomats reached the immigration counter, they found no one at the desk. So they called out to the immigration officer in an adjacent counter, saying they were in a hurry.

Responding to their request, immigration officer Somveer said he would process their documents. Police said after 10 minutes, the diplomats got restless and asked Somveer to hurry up. Somveer reportedly asked them to be patient as he needed time. Police said this angered the diplomats, who abused him. When Somveer got up and began explaining to them, one diplomat allegedly slapped him. Immediately, Somveer raised the alarm and senior immigration officers rushed to his help.

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