An Indian in Bahrain suffering from a heart ailment has filed a labour case against his company for allegedly refusing to return his passport.
Pathalil Madhavan Suresh, 35, who works as a heavy-duty driver in Bahrain with a monthly salary of 125 Bahraini dinars (BD), was allegedly refused when he asked for his passport.
Suresh claimed that his health was deteriorating as he was a heart patient and was not able to handle heavy work and needed immediate treatment in India, says a report in the Gulf Daily News.
"When I asked my sponsor to return my passport, he told me that since five people have already run away or left the company recently, there was a staff shortage and he couldn't let me go" Suresh said.
The sponsor wants Suresh to work for another three years, says the report.
The Indian also claims that his sponsor made him sign few blank papers when he was first employed.
Suresh said that the sponsor was demanding BD200 to release his passport in addition to the BD800 he had already given him for a work permit when he first arrived in Bahrain.
"The owner has his own rules to run his company and doesn't seem to care even about the labour laws," he said.
Meanwhile, the Indian embassy in Bahrain is investigating the matter to take necessary action.
The first hearing of Suresh's case in the labour ministry is scheduled on September 9.
The sponsor was not available for comment.