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UK terror plot: Two Indian doctors held
July 03, 2007 10:31 IST
Last Updated: July 03, 2007 20:35 IST
Two Indian doctors have been held in Britain and Australia in connection with last week's failed terror attack in the United Kingdom as the hunt for the conspirators intensified across the globe.
Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences M S Prabhakaran said a student by the name Mohammed Haneef had passed out of the Ambedkar College Bangalore in 2002.
"We have sought information," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told media persons accompanying him on a visit to Ethiopia during a stopover in Dubai.
Mukherjee said the identity of the persons held was yet to be conveyed to India.
The person held in Australia had tried to contact somebody in India, the minister said, adding that the inquiry will be completed in a couple of days.
Indian doctors shocked:
The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin has expressed shock at the reported involvement of Indian doctors in the failed car bombings, describing them as 'bad apples.'
'We are obviously shocked that Indian doctors have been named. However, we believe that militants have an abnormal mind. They can come from any profession. We also know examples like Shipman who killed more than 200 of his patients,' BAPIO president Dr Ramesh Mehta said in a statement in London.
'There are bad apples which can be found anywhere. By and large Indian doctors have given sterling services to the National Health Service for over 50 years. That is why they are respected and appreciated,' he said adding, 'I am sure that British public will have common sense to understand this and ensure there is no backlash on Indian doctors.'