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Indian embassy reaches out to distressed Indians in Saudi Arabia

Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj with BJP MP Shawanaz Hussain addressing a press conference in New Delhi on April 30, 2013. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that Indian embassy officials in Saudi

Arabia have reached out to distressed Indian nationals in Dubai who spent more than a fortnight in a bus after being duped by a placement agency.

“Our Embassy officials have reached Akash…They are trying to resolve this matter,” tweeted Swaraj. Akash is one of the Indians who was duped by a placement agency in Dubai. He had posted a video on YouTube seeking help from Swaraj.

According to reports, about a dozen youth from eastern Uttar Pradesh were duped by their placement agency and had to spend more than a fortnight in a bus on the outskirts of Dubai before being helped by some Indian expatriates who arranged for their accommodation.

The External Affairs minister had yesterday said that she received a report from the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia about some distressed nationals in Dubai who were allegedly duped by their placement agency.

“I have got the report from Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia. They contacted Embassy in October 2015 with a request to leave Saudi Arabia.

The Embassy provided a lawyer who is fighting their case. The next date of hearing is January 6, 2016. Since the exit is provided by Sponsor of the company, they are working for intervention of the local authorities,” Swaraj had tweeted last night.