TWO more Gujaratis,who were stranded in Angola after a dispute with the workers and the management of the cement company they were working for,returned home on Saturday after an ordeal that lasted for over a month.
The two,Jignesh Prajapati and Ashish Maheshwari,were greeted by their family members on their arrival.
Both blamed the Indian authorities for the trouble they faced. We sought help from the Indian embassy in Angola,but to no avail. Three people fell ill in the jail but no one came to give them medication, said Maheshwari who was in jail for a month and a half
The company called in the police when we went for a discussion with the authorities. I was put in jail for 22 days. The Indian government could have put pressure on Angola to have us released and sent back to India,but they did nothing, said Jignesh Prajapati.
They had agreed pay us in US Dollars,but they paid us in local currency which could not be converted. We were not paid for three whole months. They called the police when we demanded our salary. We have not been compensated yet, said Maheshwari.
They have also decided to take legal action against the agent who charged them Rs 50,000 for their job in Angola.
Nine Gujaratis have returned home till now,and according to Maheshwari,as many as 40 more Gujarati workers remain in Angola of which four are still under jail.