The representative of India in Palestine, Mukul Arya, was found dead on his office premises in Ramallah last evening. There was no information from authorities either in India or in Palestine about the cause of the death of Arya, an IFS officer of 2008 batch.
“Deeply shocked to learn about the passing away of India’s representative at Ramallah. He was a bright and talented officer with so much before him,” tweeted Foreign Minister S Jaishankar.
A career diplomat at the MEA, Arya had served in Delhi, as well as at the permanent delegation of India to Unesco in Paris and at embassies of India in Kabul and Moscow. He received his formal education in Delhi before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 2008.
The Palestine foreign ministry tweeted that it had contacts with its Indian counterpart to complete the arrangements for transporting Arya’s body to India. “President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh issued immediate instructions to all security, police and public authorities, in addition to the ministry of health and forensic medicine, to immediately move to the residence of the Indian ambassador in Ramallah to find out more about the death,” said Palestinian authorities.
Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh issued immediate instructions to all security, police and public authorities, in addition to the Ministry of Health and Forensic Medicine, to complete the formalities.
The authorities were asked to immediately move to the residence of the Indian representative in Ramallah. The statement said that all parties were fully prepared to do what is required of them in such difficult and emergency circumstances.
Former Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Amar Sinha, tweeted, “That is shocking. He was in Kabul with me. Condolences to his family. Om Shanti.”