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D.O.Lr.No. 72/M(IT, MA&UD, I&C)/2017, Dt. 20.03.2017
Sub:Telangana State (29) Migrant workers working in Al-Hajry Overseas Company at Al-Hassa – Held in captivity – Internvention immediate relief – Repatriation – Request – Reg.
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I personally bring to your kind notice that, 29 migrant workers (list enclosed) from Telangana State working in Saudi Arabia are held in captivity for the last 12 days without any food or basic amenities. Sri Boragalla Shekhar R/o. Kamareddy District, Telangana State (contact No. 00966 576259678 and 00966 583866985) has contacted to inform that he along with 28 others from Telangana State working for Al-Hajry Overseas Company at Al-Hassa, requested for leave to visit home town. In response, the said company, not only demanded $50,000 each to relieve them but refused to provide the expenses for travel. For redressel of their grievance, the individuals approached ‘Labour Court’ and subsequently ‘Amir Court’ for Justice. The Amir Court issued directions to the employer company to bear all expenses and send the said 29 employees to their native places within 3 days.
However, in the meantime the said company has taken all the 29 employees into their custody and is holding them captive in a room at Allsafaniya Kouqt, Bodar, city Kanji, Saudi Arabia, denying them food / water or medicines and other basic amenities for the last 12 days.
In view of the above, as there is need for immediate intervention of the Government of India, I request the Hon’ble Minister Madam to kindly address the said issue, with the host country Saudi Arabia, to ensure that all the 29 employees are safely released by the employer company and repatriated to India, at the earliest.
Having full faith in the alacrity of your response, for which your Hon’ble authority is known, I reiterate my request, for immediate intervention, on humanitarian grounds to save the lives of 29 migrants from the state of Telangana.
With kind regards,
(K. TARAKA RAMA RAO)
Smt. Sushma Swaraj ji,
Hon’ble Minister for External Affairs
& Overseas Indian Affairs,
Government of India, New Delhi