Aid from India’s Foreign Ministry sought to rescue stranded fishermen in Oman

A formal letter of request has been sent to India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar, urging him to intervene to repatriate eight Indian fishermen stranded in Oman. Hailing from Kanyakumari, India’s southernmost district, the group of fishermen had traveled to Oman about four months ago on a work visa. However, they have not received their salary since the month of their arrival and their visa sponsor was reportedly unresponsive.

“We came to Oman from Kanyakumari, it’s been four months since we came here and we worked for two months. At the request of the owner to pay us our salary, he did not. We have no food no groceries and the owner has not met us for two months.When we approached the (Indian) embassy they asked for our passport but our passport is held by the owner and he is demanding over $1400 ( Rs 110,000) to release our passport” the fishermen are seen saying in a video call.

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The Tamil Nadu unit of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party appealed to Dr. Jaishankar to ensure the safe repatriation of Indian nationals at the earliest. “We also request our Indian Embassy in Oman to escalate this matter to the Oman Ministry of Labor to ensure that these eight fishermen receive their salaries,” reads the letter from K. Annamalai, Chairman of the State, TN BJP.

(With agency contributions)

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