NRI businessman duped by Indians threatens to go on hunger strike

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NRI businessman duped by Indians threatens to go on hunger strike

A 60-year-old Swedish national of Indian origin has threatened to go on a hunger strike, saying authorities in India have failed to act on his complaints after two Indians cheated him of his life savings.

“I have written to the minister of external affairs in India Sushma Swaraj that if the investigating agency will not promptly act in my case, I will go on hunger strike right in front of the minister’s office till I die. I am left with no option now,” Mukesh Upadhyaya threatened.

“How will the image and reputation of India look like in the eyes of the world?” he asked.

Upadhyaya said he has travelled from Sweden to India for a half a dozen times and approached the Union home minister Rajnath Singh and Swaraj through the Swedish embassy in New Delhi.

“Besides, I have visited the offices of various secretaries, directors, DGPs of states and the office of the Prime Minister but till now no direction has been issued to the investing agency to expedite my case,” he added.

According to Upadhyaya, he invested his life savings of $10 million into a Dubai-based chemical distribution company Triumph Expolink General Trading LLC but was duped.

The two Indian promoters of Triumph Expolink, Jibu Paul and Ajay Kumar Gangadharan, convinced Upadhyaya and some other European businessmen to invest about $70-75 million for the trading of crude oil to India from Oman.