Jeddah: A Telangana youth, who came to the Gulf to work in a trading firm but was cheated by recruitment agents and forced to work as a camel herder in a remote desert, was rescued and repatriated back home on Tuesday with the help of the Indian Embassy and Telangana Police.
The youth said he was duped by recruitment agents back home in Telangana who promised him a packer’s job in a trading company, only to force him to herd camels after landing in Saudi Arabia.
The 39-year-old Ella Krishna of Medipally mandal of Jagitial district came to Saudi Arabia 40 days ago with a dream to build a small house in his village. He said that he had paid Rs. 1 lakh to agents as service charges to come to Saudi.
Krishna was sent to a remote desert in southern province of oil rich Kingdom to work as a camel herder for some hundreds of camels. He was shocked by the new job instead of the promised job at a trading firm called Green Farm as promised by agents in India, Dontula Shivaji, an NRI activist who guided Krishna to lodge complaint, said.
Krishna said that he was not only engaged for long working hours but also suffered due to denial of proper food and water often at camel pens.
It was difficult to communicate with the rest of the world, as the cell phone signals were also poor in that desert. He was, however, able to communicate with his wife Kalyani in India and explained her his ordeal.
In turn, Kalyani approached police for help, who summoned the sub agent and Leelavati, who operates a travel agency in Secunderabad. It is believed that Leelavati contacted the principal recruitment agent in Mumbai. Also, Indian Embassy in Riyadh intervened in the matter following a request from the Telangana government’s NRI section.