Hyderabad: Over 16,000 Indians, including 3,000 people from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, who are stranded in strife-torn Iraq, are making frantic calls to their respective governments, asking for help to return home.
Most Indian workers in Iraq are being maltreated by their employers and many from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are illegally detained and forced to work without salaries for months as their employers hold on to their passports.
“We (150 employees) sat in protest against our employer Al Menahel. Our passports are with them and they have not paid our salaries for months. A few companies have already started sending their employees back home,” said Dadi Srinivas Rao, a civil engineer.
Over 150 workers from the two states have been illegally detained by a construction company, Al-Kahleez, in Najaf City, Baghdad, and are being forced to work without wages.
24x7 Control Room in action ! Take a peek at how India is responding 2 requests for assistance of nationals in Iraq. http://t.co/9isuRrqEiL— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) June 22, 2014
Tags: current affairs
Location: Andhra Pradesh