25 Punjabi youth 'captured' in Kuwait await release

  • Surinder Maan, Hindustan Times, Moga
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2014 22:40 IST

Struggling to seek help for their release, nearly 25 Punjabi youth have sent a video to a Kuwait-based social organisation claiming the Kuwait police allegedly rounded them up on September 22 near Khaitoon area while they were on their way to an oil company for their job in a government bus. Some of the youth also alleged the Kuwait police did not listen to their pleas though they had valid passports and work permits.

The youth, including Parveen Kumar (31), a resident of Jalandhar, Kulvir Singh (27) from Faridkot, Gurjant Singh (24) from Moga, Sukhvir Singh (34) from Kapurthala, Jaspal Singh (37) from Ludhiana among others, said they had made repeated requests to local leaders for their release but nobody came forward to help them.

Rajveer Singh Sandhu Bhaluria, state incharge of the Kuwait-based social organisation Punjab Welfare Society who received the video said the youth mentioned in the video that the Kuwait police were checking passengers who were travelling in the bus under the supervision of the chief of the police department near Khaitoon area in Kuwait.

"During the special checking, the local police demanded passports from the youth but they could not show their passports or other official documents regarding their stay in Kuwait. However, after a few hours, the friends of the captured youth took the valid passports to the Khaitoon jail to show them to the police officials but the chief of the Kuwait police had already left the area," said Bhaluria.

Bhaluria said the society had contacted Indian embassy officials at Kuwait for the group's release but no positive outcome had been achieved so far. "We have sent an e-mail to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for contacting Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj."

In the video, the youth said they had made repeated requests to the Kuwait authorities to contact the Indian embassy staff but it had yielded no result. They alleged they were kept in a small room in Khaitoon jail where there was food was insufficient and their lives were under threat.

Ram Singh Sahota, chairman of the Punjab Welfare Society said, "During the investigation, we found the Indian officials in Kuwait were not showing any interest in getting the youth released. Nevertheless, our society has decided to pay the lawyers to pursue the case in court. I hope the problem will be solved soon."

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