Indian worker stranded in Bahrain

Pramod had to pay money for a non-existent job and is now being asked for money to return his passport.
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Published on Oct 17, 2006 03:03 PM IST
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None | By Indo-Asian News Service, Dubai

An Indian who arrived in Bahrain seeking a job is now stranded in that country after his sponsor failed to give him the job he had promised and also allegedly took away his passport and return ticket.

Mangadathil  Pramod, 36, from Kerala, had been duped into paying Bahraini dinar 850 for a job that never existed. He said his sponsor is demanding BD700 to hand back his passport and an air ticket, reported the Gulf Daily News.

According to Pramod, he came to Bahrain in 2003 and paid BD850 to the sponsor and handed him his passport. He was promised a job at a vegetable shop in Sitra.

He blamed another Indian tailor working in Sitra who reportedly arranged for his visa.

"After coming to Sitra, I waited for nearly eight months for the shop to open, doing odd jobs to support myself," Pramod said. "I soon realised that I'd been conned and had no other choice but continue doing odd jobs until my work permit expired," he said.

Last year, Pramod approached his sponsor for his passport and air ticket, but the sponsor told him to arrange for his own plane ticket, says the report.

As Pramod was desperate to leave Bahrain, he bought his own air ticket and went to his sponsor to get his passport. However, the sponsor snatched the ticket from him and demanded BD700 to return his passport.

The sponsor has demanded the money despite the fact that Pramod has paid for his own ticket home to Kozhikode in Kerala, according to charity group Prathibha Bahrain president Subhair Kannur, who has taken up the case.

Meanwhile, the Indian mission in Bahrain has failed to get in touch with the sponsor after repeated attempts.

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