‘Exploited’ labourers’ kin cry for govt help to get them back from Saudi Arabia

Berhampur: Kin of as many as 10 labourers who are allegedly trapped in Saudi Arabia, are being subjected to exploitation and even facing a threat to life today sought the intervention of the State Government and the Ganjam district administration to rescue them.

According to sources, 24 labourers from various blocks of Ganjam district went to Saudi Arabia five months back through an agent from Andhra Pradesh. Reportedly, they were engaged in Al Riyadh Construction Company. However, it is alleged that after getting 2 months’ pay, their passports were seized and they are being exploited and also threatened for life.

Family members of 10 labourers from Tambuda village under Mathasarsingh and S Sachina panchayats of Beguniapara block of Ganjam, terrified over their family members’ ordeal, sought government intervention for their sons’ safe return.

“My son went abroad to take care after his family and parents. He left 4-5 months back. He is not being given food. The company has taken the passport due to which he cannot come back, said mother of one of the trapped labourers.

Meanwhile, the Begunia BDO informed that he will inform the Collector.