A statement released by the National Commission for Minorities informed that after they were taken to Libya, they were offered jobs in private companies without any salary and kept as bonded labour. They also alleged that they were brutally beaten and not even offered proper food.
NCM chairperson Iqbal Singh Lalpura received a representation from some local leaders with a request to bring them back. He forwarded the representation to the ministry on February 6 and requested it to initiate action. The embassy of India in Tunisia was also contacted in this regard.
As informed by the embassy, a resident of Benghazi in Libya helped in providing assistance and relief supplies to the stranded Indians. Four out of 12 were successfully brought back from Libya on February 12. The remaining eight were brought back on March 2, it said.