The body of an Indian national named Albert Augustine, who died after being hit by a stray bullet during violence in Sudan, was brought to India on Friday.
According to the Indian Embassy in Sudan, the body was brought to India in a C-17 Airforce evacuation aircraft. Albert Augustine was hit by a stray bullet and succumbed to his injuries on April 15, 2023.
Congress MP from Kerala’s Kannur, K Sudhakaran, on April 16 wrote to External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar requesting his urgent intervention to repatriate the body of his constituent Albert Augustine who lost his life amid the ongoing violent conflict in Sudan.
Earlier on April 16, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed grief over the death of Albert Augustine, who worked at a Dal Group Company in Sudan’s Khartoum.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Jaishankar said, “Deeply grieved to learn about the death of an Indian national in Khartoum. The Embassy is making all efforts to extend fullest assistance to the family. The situation in Khartoum remains one of great concern. We will continue to monitor developments.”
Sharing details about the Indian national, the Indian Embassy in Sudan tweeted then, “It has been reported that Mr Albert Augestine, an Indian National working in a Dal Group Company in Sudan who got hit by a stray bullet yesterday succumbed to his injuries. The embassy is in touch with family and medical authorities to make further arrangements.”
Heavy gunfire and blasts were reported following days of tension between the armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) which has claimed at least 56 lives and left around 595 people, including combatants, injured, reported Al Jazeera.
The two sides have been competing for power as political factions negotiate on forming a transitional government after a 2021 military coup. The tensions stem from a disagreement between the military, headed by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the RSF, led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, about how the paramilitary force should be integrated into the armed forces and what authority should oversee that process, according to Al Jazeera.
The military, 18 months after its coup, had promised to cede control to a civilian-led government this month. Yet, the process has been dominated by a rivalry between General al-Burhan and General Hamdan, also known as Hemeti.
The two generals have been openly criticizing one another in speeches over the past few months, and they have dispatched reinforcements and armoured vehicles to oppose military camps spread around the city.
Earlier, the Indian Embassy in Sudan urged Indians, planning a trip to Sudan, to postpone their plans.
The Indian embassy has issued an appeal to countrymen to suspend their ongoing plans to travel to Sudan.
In a tweet, the Indian embassy on Saturday wrote, “Indian planning to travel to Sudan should postpone their travel. Please also stay calm and wait for updates.”
The embassy’s warning came in light of clashes between the Sudanese army and paramilitary forces.