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84 workers return from Iraq: Govt

84 workers return from Iraq: Govt
A batch of 84 construction workers, hailing from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, returned here today from Iraq, saying it was an escape from death in the strife-torn country.
‘It was dangerous. War has started in areas that are just 30 kilometres away from our working site. So, we thought that it was high time for us to leave the country to save our lives,’ Surya, a mason from West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, said.
He was among the 84 labourers, who were employed in a construction project to develop villas in Najaf, which is around 180 kilometers away from the capital Baghdad.
They reached Delhi this morning by a Iraqi Airways flight and have been accommodated at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan here. Of the returnees, 38 belong to Andhra Pradesh while the rest are from Telangana.

Gangarajam, who is from Telangana, claimed that their employer had not paid them wages for the last three months. ‘Our company did not pay wages for the last three months. We had the contact number of Indian embassy officials in Iraq and they came for our rescue,’ Gangarajam, who hails from Karimnagar district, said.

Several of the returnees alleged that their employer refused to extend any help for their safe return to India. They also made allegations against a recruitment agency based in Mumbai, saying it also failed to give any assistance. ‘We have returned to India only because of the efforts by our embassy. Neither the company nor the agency did anything for our safe return,’ Srinivas from Telangana rued.
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