Nizamabad: Some 33 Telugus, of which 29 belong to Telangana, all victims of fraud by dubious agents, returned to India safely on Tuesday with the help of Telangana Gulf Cultural Association. Association president P. Basanth Reddy, who helped all the 33 victims return on a single ticket, and the association members, welcomed the victims at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA).
Gulf agents sent about 800 Telugus from AP and Telangana to work at various US military camps last year. But after landing in Iraq they were hounded, and finally the Iraqi police arrested them and put them behind bars. The Iraqi authorities demanded US$ 3,000 to release them and send them to India. The Gulf Cultural and Welfare Association requested the Indian External Affairs Ministry, Telangana NRI Affairs Minister K. Taraka Rama Rao and Indian Ambassador to Iraq several times to solve the problem and submitted a memorandum.
After continuous efforts and follow up of NRI Affairs Minister KT Rama Rao and Gulf Telangana Association, the Iraq government waived the 3,000-dollar penalty and released the 33 Telugus from jail.
The TS government’s Protocol Officer Bharath Kumar received these 33 victims at the RGIA on Tuesday morning and provided them a vehicle to take them to bus stands and provided them bus tickets to reach their native places.
Meanwhile, Basanth Reddy said that about 700 Telugus, all victims of fraud by agents, were eager to return to India. The Telangana and AP government, and the Centre should take action to bring them back to India, he said.