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Saturday, September 23 2023

Battered Kerala trio returns home safe from Saudi

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Thiruvanathapuram: With the break of dawn on Saturday, the three Indian men, who were physically tortured by their employer in Saudi Arabia, returned to India.

keralaThey were rescued from a brick factory in Abha.

A horrific video of three Indians being battered by their employer had evoked sharp reactions.

The video showed a Saudi man in white robe beating three Indian men with a wooden club.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had promised to take up the issue with the Saudi authorities and get the men back home soon.

“We reported this to Saudi Police. We are in touch with Indian workers. They will be back in India within a week,” she had tweeted.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had also assured their return within two days.

The men, Abhishek, Vimal and Baiju, who are from Haripad town in north Kerala, had forwarded the video to their family members, with an appeal for help.

On returning home, Abhishek, who was evidently worried for his future said that he had gone to Saudi with lots of hope and dreams.

“I do not know what to do. I need money to build a house. I have to clear off the loan,” the 21-year-old youth said fighting back his tears.

This trained electrician was duped and sent to Saudi and was forced to work in a brick factory.

The story of Baiju (29), a plumber and Vimal (30) is no different.

Today, it was an emotional reunion at Trivandrum airport, Vimal’s mother Ommanna K said: “Thank you for bringing back my son. I pray for a long life and health for him.”

The case has been registered against the local job agent who allegedly promised the three men jobs in Yemen as electricians. But they were duped and taken to Abha in Saudi Arabia, where they were forced to work in a brick manufacturing company.

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