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Keralites back after harrowing experience in Saudi

The matter came to light after a video of a Saudi employer allegedly beating them with a wooden plank surfaced and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had intervened to help them.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:December 26, 2015, 5:00 PM IST
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Keralites back after harrowing experience in Saudi
The matter came to light after a video of a Saudi employer allegedly beating them with a wooden plank surfaced and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had intervened to help them.

Thiruvananthapuram: Three Kerala youths, who were allegedly physically tortured by their Saudi employer, returned to their home in Kerala on Saturday from Saudi Arabia.

The plight of the three came to light after a Whatsapp video of a Saudi employer allegedly beating them with a wooden plank surfaced. Soon after the incident, Kerala government Oommen Chandy and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had intervened to help them.

As the trio arrived at the airport here in the wee hours, their relatives and friends welcomed them. Baiju, Abilash and Vimal Kumar had been taken to Saudi Arabia by a placement agency a couple of months back after promising them job opportunities.

Abilash (21) told reporters that he had taken loan to build a house and had hoped that employment abroad will help him clear his loan fast. However, that was not to be.

Their relatives said it was a relief seeing their near ones back safe.

Swaraj had earlier stated that the three men had been given police protection and the matter was being followed up.

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