Indians in Myanmar who were assaulted and forced to do illegal work have sought the centre to intervene and rescue them. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has also written to PM Modi regarding the same.
In a video sent by the Tamils from Myanmar, the men said, “We are the people who are stuck in Thailand. But we are not in Thailand, we were brought to Myanmar. They are making us do scams. By scam we mean they are involved in scamming in many countries, including India.
“We are not interested in doing this, and if we say we are not interested, then they physically assault us, use electric shock on us and say we will be taken to military control. We are here without any other choice,” added the victim.
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Another person said, “I told them I was not interested in doing this and told them I wanted to go back home. So, they asked me to pay Rs 4 lakh and, for that, I asked them for 10 days. Today, three Chinese men came into the room and used an electric shock stick on me and beat me up.
He added, “I injured my head with five stitches and they ripped my ear, for which there are nine stitches. I am not able to live here. They are torturing me and have asked me to still come to work.”
FAMILIES IN ANGUISH
In Tamil Nadu's Kumbakonam, the mother of a man named Hariharan (21), who is stuck in Myanmar, said that he had gone to Thailand and he went there with the intention of making money to pay off loans.
The woman said that her son was asked to pay Rs 5 lakh to even be allowed to return home. The mother pleaded that action be taken to retrieve the man and bring him back home.
A family from Karaikal in Puducherry approached the district collector seeking help to rescue their son who was stuck in Myanmar. The family who gave a representation said that their son, Deepamany, was working in Dubai for over a year and was taken to Myanmar under the guise of a promotion.
The family said that Deepamany has now sought help from the family to bring him back to India.
The district collector of Karaikal has informed that the petition from the family has been sent across to the central government and steps to rescue the men would be initiated by the centre.
CM STALIN WRITES TO PM MODI
In his letter, CM Stalin wrote, “I wish to bring to your immediate notice that information has been received by the state government that nearly 300 Indians, including around 50 Tamilians who are stuck in Myanmar are facing severe hardships. It is informed that they had initially gone to Thailand for IT-related jobs through private recruitment agencies. It is now understood that they were forcibly taken from Thailand to Myanmar for carrying out illegal jobs online.”
He also wrote, “Further, reports are being received that they were physically assaulted by their employers for their refusal to do so. The state government is in touch with 17 such Tamilians who are desperately seeking the support of the government to intervene quickly and rescue them.”
“Considering the plight of our citizens, I request that MEA may be instructed to take up the issue with the authorities in Myanmar for the immediate rescue and safe repatriation of Indians held in illegal captivity in Myanmar. I solicit your urgent intervention in this regard,” said the letter.