Indian Government Secures Release Of 40 Nationals From Saudi Arabia's Jails

NEW DELHI, July 17 (Bernama) -- The Narendra Modi government has secured the release of 40 Indian workers held in Saudi Arabia's prisons for allegedly violating the country's labour laws, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The Indians who hail from Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh states were employed by a private construction firm and had been in jail since July 16 last year for staging a protest over the death of a colleague.

On July 2, relatives of some of the workers met Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to seek help for their release.

"Efforts on the part of Sushma have helped secure the workers' release after she took up the matter with the Saudi government," said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.

"This was possible after the Modi government came to power, that has helped enhance India's image internationally," Shahnawaz said.

All workers will be arriving in India on July 18.


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