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Swaraj tells envoy to rescue 29 Indian workers from ‘captivity’ in Saudi Arabia

india Updated: Mar 23, 2017 12:50 IST
Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj arrives for a Cabinet meeting at Parliament Library in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj directed the envoy to Saudi Arabia to rescue 29 Indian workers belonging to Telangana, after IT and NRI affairs minister KT Rama Rao sought her intervention in the case.

Swaraj asked ambassador Ahmad Javed to initiate action for the workers’ release from the Saudi company. “Javed - Plz help the Indian workers and send a report to me and Mr. K T Rama Rao,” Swaraj tweeted.

Rao wrote a letter to Swaraj seeking her help for rescuing 29 migrant workers from Telangana held in captivity by a company in Saudi Arabia.

In the letter, Rao said that the workers, employed by Al-Hajry, were held in captivity at Al-Hassa in Saudi Arabia for the last 12 days without any food or basic amenities.

“However, in the meantime the said company has taken all the 29 employees into their custody and is holding them captive in a room at Allsafaniya Kouqt, Bodar, city Kanji, Saudi Arabia, denying them food / water or medicines and other basic amenities for the last 12 days,” Rao said.

He said that when the workers requested for leave to visit home town, the company not only demanded $50,000 but refused to provide the expenses for travel.

The workers also approached labour court and subsequently ‘Amir Court’ for Justice. The Amir Court issued directions to the employer company to bear all expenses and send the said 29 employees to their native places within three days.

Rao said he was contacted by Boragalla Shekhar, a resident of Kamareddy district in Telangana who informed him about the plight he and 28 others were suffering. He also gave Swaraj with the telephone numbers of Shekhar and requested the external affairs minister to take up the matter with the Saudi Arabia government.