Police investigations are underway after EIGHT armed robbers allegedly ransacked the home of the Consul-General of India, Durban – Dr Shashank Vikram.
At 4pm last week Thursday, the doors of the Indian diplomat’s Berea residence were allegedly broken down as criminals invaded the home in broad daylight.
“We have taken up the matter with the relevant authorities, and investigations are currently ongoing. We expect that the intruders will be arrested soon,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
He said that ensuring the safety and security of Indian diplomats and officials posted abroad, along with their families, is a matter of highest priority for the Indian government.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has spoken to the Consul General and inquired about the well being of his family, Mr Kumar said.
The armed men then went on to sift through the valuables of the house and allegedly held Dr. Vikram’s five-year-old son hostage. Dr Vikram assumed the post of Consul-General of India in Durban on the 18th of October 2016 and has been living in the country for just over a year.
Speaking after the incident, Dr Vikram confirmed that his family are thankfully safe, but he declined an interview at this stage. KwaZulu-Natal Police Spokesperson – Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane says a specialised team are working around the clock to track down the suspects.
Story compiled by Newsbreak Producer, Matthew Veeran