‘Sold jewellery to pay them’

The wife of “abducted” Indian Shamsunder Agarwal,Jyoti Agarwal,has alleged that despite repeated pleas to the Indian government to help secure the release of her husband,no official has got in touch with her yet

Written by Joshua Patnigere | Mumbai | Published:January 4, 2012 12:20 am

The wife of “abducted” Indian Shamsunder Agarwal,Jyoti Agarwal,has alleged that despite repeated pleas to the Indian government to help secure the release of her husband,no official has got in touch with her yet.

Shamsunder Agarwal and Deepak Raheja were abducted by Chinese traders in Yiwu province of China after the organisation which they worked for reportedly shut shop with the bosses going missing.

The traders were irked over non-payment of dues.

Jyoti has also alleged that the local Chinese police have not been supportive and have reportedly not been very vocal about providing protection to the two Indians.

Jyoti said that although she tried getting in touch with Indian authorities,she has not got any reply from them about the condition of her husband. “My husband and his colleague worked for the purchasing department of the organisation which shut shop. The traders abducted them over non-payment of dues. This incident took place on December 14. The traders demanded Rs 1.6 crore and after selling all my jewellery I paid them Rs 30 lakh,” said Jyoti.

“However,they refused to release my husband. I tried speaking to the local Indian mission but even they could not do much as the traders refused to listen,” Jyoti said

She said despite repeated appeals to the traders,they refused to release her husband saying that they wanted the money which the organisation owed them.

“An Indian diplomat from Shanghai tried securing the release of my husband and his colleague but even that has not helped. The traders should understand that the owners of the firm are at fault and directing anger at employees is not justified,” Jyoti said.

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