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Jan 02, 2008 at 09:21pm IST

Kenya violence worrying Indian families

Gandhinagar: That Kenya’s unrest can sweep the Indian community into its folds is a worry plaguing most Indians, whose relatives have settled in the east-African country.

An instance in point are the Dholakias, who have made their phone and television their constant companions, hoping to get the latest on Kenya. Their daughter, Radhika, and son-in-law, Sachin Desai have been living in Rujru since the past three years.

Says Anil Dholakia, “We did speak to my daughter in Kenya, but she is scared and we are scared, too. The government should ensure that all is well and the situation improves."

Meanwhile, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi has accused the Centre for doing little to reassure relatives back home.

"Unfortunately, relatives back home are not getting any official information. I'm requesting the central government to ensure that Indians and Gujaratis in Kenya are safe. If they want to return arrangements should be made," said Modi.

There is ample reason for worry as there has been an alarming rise in ethnic violence in the past few months, with Indians, particularly Gujaratis, being targeted.

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