Al-Jubail, Nov. 7, 2018: The Indian Social Forum Eastern Province has rescued a young man from Mangalore forced to work as a farm assistant in a desert in Saudi Arabia. The forum also helped him fly back to India on November 3.
The youth identified only as Nagaraj from Moodibidere district had come to Saudi Arabia on a job visa to work as an electrician.
He had passed in the interview conducted at Rolex Tours and Travels agents Mangalore and was promised for the position of Industrial Electrician in a company in Jubail. He had paid an undisclosed amount of money to the travel agent. But he was conned and forced to work as an assistant in a farm in the in Al-Jubail with no proper food and accommodation.
The company that sponsored him denied that it had issued him the job visa of electrician profession. The travel agent also demanded 9,000 Saudi Riyal (175,000 rupees) from Nagraj’s family to bring him back to India. Nagraj’s brother managed to pay 100,000 rupees to the travel agent but got no response even after several months.
Nagaraj’s brother then approached Indian Social Forum member Hasan Kinnigoli for help. Indian Social Forum has been helping stranded Indians in Saudi Arabia in association with Indian Embassy.
A team of Jubail ISF met Nagaraj in the desert and assured his safe return. The ISF team followed up with the sponsor company and convinced the management about his situation and ordeal. Finally ISF was successful in getting the exit visa and his pending salary from the company. The ISF also managed to make the travel agent pay back the money taken from Nagaraj and his family.
Nagaraj’s family appreciated the forum’s service.
Indian Social Forum has warned aspirants of overseas job to vet information provided by agents before taking the flight. The forum says it has come across several cases of candidates being duped by travel agents.