Indians 'mistreated' by company to return from Lanka on Tuesday

The Indian nationals allegedly mistreated by an Indian company in Sri Lanka will return on Tuesday with the government making arrangements for their immediate travel from the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF).

New Delhi: The Indian nationals allegedly mistreated by an Indian company in Sri Lanka will return on Tuesday with the government making arrangements for their immediate travel from the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF).

"All the Indians will arrive tomorrow. Arrangements have been made by our Mission in Colombo for all the Indians involved in labour dispute with Indian company in Sri Lanka to travel," Official Spokesperson in External Affairs Minister Syed Akbaruddin said.

He said the arrangements were made from ICWF.

The labourers, mainly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, were working with a South India-based company dealing in steel.

Yesterday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had taken "serious note" of complaints against the Indian company and directed the Indian mission in Colombo to make immediate arrangements for their return.

The government also is contemplating strict action against the erring company, according to government sources.

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