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Swaraj urges Indian envoy to help Telangana workers held 'captive' in Saudi

'Please help the Indian workers and send a report to me,' Swaraj said to Indian ambassador Javed

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister on Tuesday sought a report from the Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia on the 29 migrant workers held in captivity there after she was approached by Telangana minister K T Rama Rao.

"Please help the Indian workers and send a report to me and Mr K T Rama Rao," Swaraj tweeted to Ambassador Ahmad Javed.

She was responding to a tweet from Rao's official Twitter handle sharing a media report with details of the issue.

According to the report, Rao, who is Telangana's NRI Affairs and IT Minister, has written to Swaraj seeking her intervention in rescue of the 29 migrant workers from Telangana held in captivity by a company in Saudi Arabia.

The reported letter also mentions that the workers were held in captivity for the last 12 days without any food or basic amenities and that the company has demanded $50,000 from each of the employees before allowing them to leave.

First Published: Wed, March 22 2017. 10:37 IST