Its homecoming for yet another Gujarati working at a cement plant in Angola,nearly a week after four of his co-workers returned after being stranded at the plant located 300 kilometres from Luanda,capital of Angola,following unrest on salary payment issue.
Harshadbhai Patel,who hails from Billimora in Gujarat,reached Mumbai on Saturday after getting clearance from Indian Embassy in Angola. One more worker from Vadodara,Jignesh Prajapati,who was thrown into jail by Angola police but later released,is yet to return as he waits for clearance from the Embassy,his family member said.
We called up Jignesh on Friday and he said everything was fine. He is currently at the Indian Embassy in Angola but said he would be freed soon. He will be back in a few days, Jigneshs wife Hetal Prajapati told The Indian Express.
Harshadbhais wife said her husband went to Angola around eleven months ago but resigned from the company to come back home following disturbances. My husband will reach home on Sunday. He has already landed in Mumbai along with his other colleagues hailing from different parts of the country,where he will spend a night with our relatives before heading for home, she said.
Harshadbhai was stranded at the cement plant along with 1,200 Indian workers,after they entered into a conflict with the management of the company on non-payment of salary. Last week,four workers hailing from Gujarat,including Vijay Valmiki from Petlad,Jitendra Patel from Valsad,Ramkashyan Parmar from Jamnagar,and Mahendra Patel from Billimora returned along with 39 other workers.
Vijay Valmik,who was among the first batch of Indians from Angola to return home,said as many as 37 workers at the cement plant hailing from Gujarat were arrested and put into jail by Angola police on charges of creating unrest. Of them,33 workers were released. At least 19 workers from Gujarat have tendered their resignation and will fly back home in batches.
Of nearly 1,200 Indian workers employed at the cement plant,40 hail from Gujarat. Of them,five have headed back home but family members of 35 workers from the state still wait for their return.