Swaraj steps in to release 29 Indians held in Saudi

RSTV Bureau
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Parliament on 20 March 2017.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Parliament on 20 March 2017.

Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has asked the Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, to initiate action for release of 29 migrant workers from Telangana. According to reports, they are allegedly held in captivity in Saudi Arabia for the last 12 days reportedly without food or basic amenities.

In a tweet last night, the Minister asked the Indian Ambassador in Saudi to send a report to her and KT Rama Rao, NRI Affairs Minister of Telangana.

“Please help the Indian workers and send a report to me and Mr KT Rama Rao,” Swaraj tweeted to Ambassador Ahmad Javed.

The intervention from the External Affairs minister came in response to a letter written to her by Rao in which he asked her to address the issue with the host country.

According to the report, Rao has written to Swaraj seeking her intervention in rescue of the 29 migrant workers from Telangana held in captivity by a company in Saudi Arabia.

The reported letter also mentions that the workers were held in captivity for the last 12 days without any food or basic amenities and that the company has demanded USD 50,000 from each of the employees before allowing them to leave.