From Bahrain to Kerala, the hunt is on for a man who is believed to have duped Indian workers in the Gulf nation.
Murugan Bhanu Panicker, from Kerala, who worked as a manager of a manpower supply firm in Bahrain is alleged to have withheld the salaries of approximately 400 workers, pocketed Bahraini Dinar 266,800 and fled the country.
Workers of many nationalities, including Indians and Bangladeshis, are among Panickers' victims, according to the Gulf Daily News.
The Indian mission in Bahrain has approached authorities in Kerala after the cheated workers contacted embassy officials last week.
"This is an extremely serious matter and that is why we have taken this up," said Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty.
"According to the information we are getting from his sponsor, he has gone back to Kerala," he added.
To avoid such scams involving worker's wages, Shetty said he had persuaded ICICI bank to allow Indians to open a zero balance account in Bahrain, following Bahrain's labour ministry's directives to transfer salaries into accounts.
He added that such accounts were good for workers and companies as disputes could be avoided about the payment of wages.