Dream turns nightmare for Telangana man in Saudi

Dokka Nagiah had finally returned home after a long ordeal with the help of TRS NRI activist.

By Author  |  Published: 13th Apr 2019  7:30 pm

Riyadh: A job seeker from Telangana, who came here in the hope of making a fortune for his family ended up in a miserable condition at an agriculture farm in Saudi Arabia. He had finally returned home after a long ordeal with the help of TRS NRI activist.

Dokka Nagiah (50), of Korutla town in Jagtial district, came to Saudi Arabia a year ago. Fraudulent agents back home sent him to Saudi by promising a job in a construction firm. But he had landed in an agriculture farm in a remote area in Hail province in the country instead.

Nagiah declined to accept the job and insisted on returning to India. His employer had, however, did not oblige and forced him to do the work he was given at the farm. Nagiah had narrated his ordeal to his family back home in Kortula, who in turn contacted several people to help him in his repatriation, however, to no avail. Frustrated, Nagiah had approached local police in Saudi Arabia with his grievance but due to the language barrier, he failed to explain his ordeal.

“As I wept loudly, police have understood that I am in hardship, but I could not explain to them in Arabic. My employer was summoned by authorities and interacted with him. He gave an assurance to them that he will take care of me,” explained Nagiah. “After returning to the farm, my phone was snatched away thus cutting off my communication with the rest of world including my family in India and I was beaten and was put to torture badly for a week”, he alleged.

“I don’t want to move abroad again. I will start my life again in ‘Bangaru Telangana'” he said. The plight of poor farm worker came to the notice of prominent TRS supporter and NRI activist Mohammed Aqueel, known as Aqueel TRS. He contacted the employer of Nagiah and negotiated for his repatriation. The employer of Nagiah agreed to release him by cancelling his visa but put a condition that he will not bear the airfare for his return journey, said Aqueel.

Ramzani, a native of Ahmedpura colony in Nizamabad and living in Riyadh, came forward to provide air ticket for Nagaih, accordingly, Nagaih left India on Friday. Hail known for agronomy, 600 km away from Riyadh, is house to some thousands of Telangana men who were working mainly as agriculture labourers.