India summons Chinese officials over diplomat attack

As per the reports, India on Monday summoned Beijing's deputy chief of mission in New Delhi to complain about a courtroom assault on an Indian diplomat in the Chinese city of Yiwu. The Indian diplomat was soon hospitalised after he was injured by a large group of Chinese traders in a court, as he tried to secure the release of two Indians who were held hostage by the locals, demanding payment of their dues.

S Balachandran who was posted at the Indian consulate in Shangai was rushed to a hospital when he fainted after being manhandled by the crowd that tried to snatch two kidnapped Indians who clung to him.

The incident took place on the night of December 31st when he was leaving the court after prolonged negotiations.

In Beijing, Indian embassy spokesman Vinayak chavan told the reporters that Balachandran was not badly hurt.

The two Indians had been held hostages by the local traders for two weeks for non-payment of dues by their company, whose owner had allegedly fled the country.

The Counsel General of the Shanghai Consulate of India, Riva Ganguly Das said that Balachandran, working as as Consul at the Consulate, fainted when he was manhandled , while attempting to release the two Indians.

He was assaulted when the two Indians, being held for captive for over fortnight clung on to him to leave the surcharged place. The incident took place in the court and in the presence of police and the judge.

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