Hyderabad: The travails of Gulf victims from Telangana refuse to die down as yet another’s plight surfaced on social media. TRS working president KT Rama Rao learnt about Md Sameer’s woes and took up the issue with the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, which in turn initiated attempts to contact the victim.
In a video posted on social media, Sameer, who hails from Illanthakunta in Rajanna Sircilla district, explained his suffering in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. The 21-year-old was reportedly lured by a consultant from Nizamabad for the job in the Gulf. He was promised a salary of 1,200 Saudi Riyals to work in a farmhouse of an Arab Sheikh near Riyadh. Sameer paid the consultant Rs 80,000 to get him the job, and the latter arranged for his air ticket and other travel arrangements.
But, things turned out completely different when he landed in Riyadh on April 17. “I have been sent to graze sheep owned by my employer. I am forced to graze them in a deserted place, which is about 1,200 km from the city. They (employers) have not given me any food or water for the last 20 days. Instead, I am being beaten up brutally for asking for food or water. They do not care even if I die. Please sir, someone save me. Take me back to India,” Sameer pleaded with Rama Rao and other officials in his video.
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Though the video was widely shared on social media in the last couple of days, it gained attention after a TRS worker posted it on his Twitter handle tagging Rama Rao. The party working president recently helped another man from Karimnagar who was stranded in the Gulf. His intervention prompted the Indian Embassy officials to rescue Paleti Veeraiah.
In this case too, Rama Rao reacted swiftly and requested Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr Ausaf Sayeed and the Indian Embassy in Riyadh to help Sameer return safely to India. After he tweeted about Sameer’s plight, several Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia too reacted and kept tracking the issue, besides offering help to Sameer. The officials of Indian Embassy in Riyadh also responded and requested the Twitter users and Sameer’s family to furnish all details pertaining to him. They shared the Embassy’s contact information — the toll free (8002471234) and helpline numbers — requesting people to approach them for help.