Wednesday, December 23, 2015

3 Indian Youths trapped, tortured in Saudi

3 Indian Youths trapped, tortured in Saudi

ALAPPUZHA: Three youths, who were taken to Saudi Arabia by a Haripad-based agency on job promises, were assaulted allegedly by their employer. The incident came to the light after they forwarded a video (of which TOI has a copy), showing an Arab man beating them up, to their kin in Haripad here.

Abhilash Gopi (21), B Vimal Kumar (30), both from Muttom near Haripad and Byju Babu (26) from Arattupuzha here had gone to Abha, near Yeman border, after they were offered jobs as electrician and mechanic. According to their parents, they were forced to work in hollow bricks manufacturing units and gardens and were denied food and accommodation.

The video sent through WhatsApp shows an Arab man assaulting them with a wooden plank, while the latter cry for mercy. The angry man continues to attack them with concrete pieces while they try to escape from him. The video was shot by one of the youths, who kept his phone camera on in his shirt pocket.

The parents and relatives of the youths have approached Kayamkulam police. Kaymkulam circle inspector K S Udayabhanu said that a civil police officer with Arattupuzha police station, K N Vinod Kumar, was suspended for his involvement in the incident. Vinod Kumar had posed as marketing manager of a fake travel company called Silverdot. "We have contacted Norka to trace the youths, who have been in Saudi for the past one month.

The youths were duped by two men - Shamsad Basheer and B K Shabumon from Arattupuzha - offering salary of Rs 45,000. Vinod Kumar had visited their homes assuring jobs, the parents said adding that Rs 1 lakh was paid by each person to the agency for visa and air tickets.

Byju had gone to Saudi Arabia on November 6, a day after local body election. The others had left on December 4. The youths were not allowed to speak to their relatives regarding their plight. Though they had been communicating with their families via phone, they did not disclose the issue. The video was sent two days ago.

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