Indians in US camps: Kerala seeks central help
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 18:17
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has sought the Centre's intervention to help nearly 4,000 Indians, a majority of whom are Malayalees, reportedly working in "miserable" conditions in US military camps in Afghanistan.

Some of those purportedly stranded in the camps told Malayalam television channels today over phone that there could be nearly 4,000 Indians in the US military camps in Afghanistan.

The workers alleged they were cheated by a Chennai-based recruiting agency which first took them to Gulf countries and from there to Afghanistan.

"We are living here in miserable conditions. We are forced to do all sorts of jobs. If we run away from the camps, we will end up in the hands of militants," one worker said.

He claimed though some of them informed the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan about their plight, there has been no action so far.

The workers alleged recruits were first taken to Dubai and Kuwait on visit visas and then sent to camps in Afghanistan.

Reacting to the report, state Minister for Non Resident Keralites Affairs K C Joseph said the government viewed the matter seriously and wanted the Central government's intervention to save the Indians.

"Chief Minister Minister Oommen Chandy will be writing to External Affairs Minister and Non-resident Indians Affairs Minister to ascertain the details and intervene in the matter," Joseph said.


First Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 18:17

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