Seven youngsters from Kerala seeking jobs in Bahrain have been detained at the country's international airport for possessing fake visas and are likely to face deportation.
The men aged between 21 and 23 who arrived in Dubai on Saturday found that the company that hired them did not exist.
An Indian based in Bahrain allegedly sold the visas to them with a confirmation from an airline that they would get
the original visas on arrival, Bahrain's Gulf Daily News reported.
The men include Mohammed Jamsheer, Richi Jose, Prashop Alathure, Raghu Alathure, Arun Kumar, Ranjan T Varghese and Tony Mon, the report said adding that they were stopped by immigration authorities at the airport and taken into custody.
The visas were issued for electricians for a salary of 240 Bahraini dinars ($640) a month and room boys for 180
Bahraini dinars ($187).
Social workers handling the case said officials have been trying to contact their sponsor but in vain. "According to the
contract made on September 8, the visas were issued under the name of Hala International, a company which does not exist," Malappuram Association member Chemban Jalal said.
"According to the CPR (central population registration) number, the Bahraini sponsor is just a 17-year-old boy, who stays in Hawar Island," he said.
"The issue was brought to the attention of the Indian Embassy, which had asked the men to file a complaint against the sponsor," he said.