External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to look into the case of three men from Kerala who were allegedly tortured and held captive by their employer.
“I have seen the video, I have asked for a report from Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia,” Swaraj tweeted Wednesday. A video of the three men being beaten up by their employer in Abha, Saudi Arabia, had surfaced on social networking sites and mobile messaging services before being highlighted in Indian media.
After Swaraj’s intervention, Indian officials in Saudi Arabia got in touch with the authorities to secure protection for the three workers. B Vimal Kumar (30) and Abhilash Gopi (30) from Muttom near Haripad along with Byju Babu (26) from Arattupuzha were allegedly conned by a placement agency which placed them in jobs in a brick factory.
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“We have approached the police and got them police protection. We will follow this up,” Swaraj said in another tweet.