Solve Indian immigrants plight in US: Vaiko

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Chennai, Jun 1: MDMK General Secretary Vaiko today sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh into the issue of the 500 Indian immigrants in the United States, who were duped by a recruiting agency in Mumbai that promised jobs in the US.

In a letter to Dr Singh, a copy of which was released to the media here, he said each of them had paid Rs six lakh to the company in 2006 and signed several documents.

The company took them to New Orleans and got them jobs in an International firm 'Signal'. But they were treated inhumanly and were made to stay and sleep in trailer lorries.

Mr Vaiko pointed out that after a long struggle, the workers managed to escape from the clutches of that company with the help of an NGO and lodged an official complaint.

The ill-treated employees undertook a 'Padayatra' to Washington to make the people aware of their plight and also to demand justice.

Seventeen of them staged a fast in front of the White House and the workers' representatives met American Congress members and explained to them about their sufferings and problems.

He said on May 25, a group, representing the agitators met the Indian Ambassador Ronan Sen and requested the intervention of the Indian Government to sort out the problems.

''But I understand that the Indian Ambassador had told the agitators that he had not looked into their memorandum submitted to the embassy 15 days ago. This only showed the callous attitude of the Ambassador towards the plight of Indian citizens in the US'', he added.

Mr Vaiko urged the Prime Minister to take immediate steps to enable the Indians to continue their presence in US to fight their case in the courts and also to get adequate compensation from the company.

He also demanded stringent action against the traffickers.


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