IN­DIA

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Ar­shad Ali ar­shad.ali@dnain­dia.net

25 res­i­dents of West Ben­gal who had mi­grated to Malaysia for work al­lege they were ex­ploited and their pass­ports were seized

Kolkata: Around 25 labour­ers from Ben­gal, who had been taken to Malaysia as con­struc­tion work­ers, were al­legedly made to carry heavy con­struc­tion ma­te­rial and even made to work at casi­nos, flout­ing their job de­scrip­tion. Some of them man­aged to con­tact their fam­ily and nar­rate their plight. The fam­i­lies, with the help of an or­gan­i­sa­tion, are now try­ing to bring them back to In­dia.

The labour­ers are from dif­fer­ent dis­tricts of Ben­gal, such as North 24 Par­ganas, Hooghly, Mid­na­pore, and Na­dia.

Jul­fikar Ali Mon­dal, a 38-year-old res­i­dent of Mad­hupur un­der Bagda Po­lice Sta­tion in North 24 Par­ganas was of­fered a job as a con­struc­tion worker in Malaysia by a com­pany — Man­power Con­sul­tants Pvt Ltd. “We had paid Rs 90,000 to the per­son who had of­fered him the job and it in­cluded pay­ment for air tick­ets, visa and other para­pher­na­lia. He had left for Malaysia on Septem­ber 9. Re­cently, he fell down and frac­tured his hand and leg. He was be­ing made to carry heavy rods, which was not a part of his job de­scrip­tion,” said Jul­fikar’s mother Ja­ha­nara Mon­dal.

She said that now that he wants to re­turn, his pass­port has been seized. “We have now got in touch with the mem­bers of the Na­tional Anti-Traf­fick­ing Com­mit­tee to help my son,” she added. She also said that Jul­fikar had sent voice mes­sages where he sounded very scared and said that he had been con­fined to a room and given only one meal a day.

The story of an­other, San­jay Mul­lick, was slightly dif­fer­ent. His fam­ily mem­bers al­leged that once there, he was asked to work at a casino. “It was told that he would work as a con­struc­tion worker. Now he tells us that he is be­ing made to work as an at­ten­dant to male cus­tomers at a casino. He runs er­rands and even mas­sages their feet there,” Mul­lick’s kin said.

SK Jin­nar Ali, Chair­man of the com­mit­tee, said they had writ­ten to the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and the state gov­ern­ment about the prob­lems th­ese peo­ple were fac­ing. “They were sent on tourist visa and are be­ing made to work there at one Sky Mas­ter Con­struc­tion Com­pany. Their pass­ports have also been taken away by the lo­cal agent there and have been told that if they tried to re­turn, they would re­turn dead. We urge the state and Cen­tre to help th­ese peo­ple re­turn,” Jin­nar said.

Pic­ture for rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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