Bahraini sponsor demands $8,000 to release three Indian workers

July 31st, 2008 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, July 31 (IANS) The Bahraini sponsor of three Indian workers has allegedly demanded 3,000 Bahraini dinars ($7,957.60) to release them so that they can home. The three workers have now lodged a complaint with Bahrain’s labour ministry and the Indian embassy, the Bahrain Tribune reported.

The three - Santhosh Kumar Dhason, 38, Paul Balraj, 40, and Sujivan Maria Dhas, 31 - all hail from the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. They have also alleged that their salaries for four months were pending.

According to the report, Dhason paid Rs.65,000 in India to get a Bahraini visa 23 months ago. His mother died in May this year but he was not allowed to go home. His wife and two children live in India.

Balraj had paid 300 dinars ($795.70) to get a visa but is also stuck even as his ailing wife in India is being looked after by their 15-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son.

Dhas, who had paid 850 dinars ($2,2254.60), was a shade luckier in the sense that he was given leave to go home after the death of his father in March this year.

The three have now been provided shelter at a worksite, which has no electricity. The Indian embassy has not been able to get in touch with the sponsor, according to the report.

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