'UPA must rescue Indian labourers from Kurdisthan'
Hyderabad, June 17: Highlighting the plight of over 90 Indians, all from Andhra Pradesh ''enslaved'' by a private company in Kurdishtan, Bharatiya Janata Party National Secretary B Dattatreya today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take immediate steps to rescue and bring them back to India.
In a letter to Dr Singh, he said more than 90 people from the districts of West Godavari, Khammam, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Adilabad were promised jobs in Dubai by an overseas employment broker and his associates after taking huge consultation fee and taken on visit visas. On expiry of their visas, they were later sold to the private company allegedly for US Dollar 50,000.
Narrating their tale of woes in the letter, copies of which were released to the press here, Mr Dattatreya alleged that the company had seized their passports, treated them in an inhuman manner and paid only meager remuneration.
The BJP leader said he had also taken up the matter with Union Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed, Union Labour Minister K Chadrasekara Rao, the Indian Embassy in Kurdisthan and the Kurdisthan embassy in New Delhi for their early release.