Malaysia immigration officials arrest 61 Indians
The Malaysian officials said that they did not have proper documents to stay in the country.india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 14:15 IST
Malaysian immigration authorities have detained 61 Indians, who have been camping outside the Indian mission after fleeing their employer.
The Malaysian officials said that they did not have proper documents to stay in the country.
The Indians were picked up by Rela, a voluntary force of the Immigration Department on Tuesday, from outside the Indian High Commission building and will be kept at the Department's detention centre for 14 days for investigation.
Deputy High Commissioner NK Saxsena said that High Commission had written to the relevant authorities to release the workers who had fled their employer in Johor alleging that they had not been paid the promised salary.
Immigration Enforcement chief Ishak Mohamed said the department will investigate if the workers were legally employed by the Johor-based company as they had claimed.
"If they are indeed legally employed, we will call their employers for the documents," he said.
Saxena said the High Commission on Wednesday received money for the workers' return ticket and efforts were being made to send them all back to India.
"We held talks with the agents and employers and the workers to reach a solution," he said.
On Wednesday, 11 workers ran away on seeing the Rela force and one of them, identified as Chandiran Adaikalam of Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, fell fracturing his arms. The Indian High Commission sent the injured to hospital for treatment, Saxsena said.
Chandiran claimed he had been assaulted by the Rela members. However, the Immigration Department has denied the reports of assault by the Rela team.