The Centre has taken up the case of the Indian driver who was arrested twice in Saudi Arabia for spreading misinformation.
Abdul Sattar Makandar, 35, made an emotional appeal for help citing ill-treatment by his employers. The video of the appeal went viral after it was posted online
by social worker Kundan Srivastava, sparking outrage on social media amid calls for government intervention. However, the video was subsequently removed on the condition that Makandar is released. Saudi authorities did release him after the first arrest – that happened last Monday – but arrested him again on Friday.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has now asked Indian officials to follow up on the issue.
According to a ministry official, the issue needs deft handling.
Makandar, a father of four, hails from Karnataka and went to Saudi Arabia about two years ago. He alleged that his employer does not give him proper salary or money to buy food.
According to Saudi law, an employee cannot leave the country until the employer, Al Suroor, approves the leave. However, the company denied the charges and claimed that migrant workers in its employment were thankful to the company for helping them get an engineering qualification.
This photo of a migrant worker was posted by Al Suroor group in response to the criticisms it is receiving for the treatment of Makandar. BBC