Six men from Punjab`s Kapurthala stuck up in Libya

Six men from Punjab`s Kapurthala district are among 700 Indians stuck up in Libya`s capital Tripoli for months after the construction company they worked for confiscated their passports and other travel documents.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 23:20 PM IST

Phagwara: Six men from Punjab`s Kapurthala
district are among 700 Indians stuck up in Libya`s capital
Tripoli for months after the construction company they worked
for confiscated their passports and other travel documents,
their families here alleged.

Their employer, an Indonesian firm named CKG Company,
allegedly seized their passports and other travel documents
after failing in business, family members of these men who
learnt about their plight on phone said.

They have been going without salaries for the last eight
months, living virtually as captives of the company at a camp
in sub-human conditions where they are forced to work as
bonded labourers, they alleged.

They said they can`t get their relatives back even after
spending money from their pockets on their return tickets as
the travel documents were with the company.

The family members alleged that after these men`s
one-year contract with the firm was over, the company
procured their resignation letters from them.

The agents who had taken these man, apparently labourers,
abroad for work had promised that they would get rupees 18000 to 25000 as monthly salary.

PTI