Mangaluru: As many as 34 youth from Dakshina Kannada district who are trapped in Kuwait for the past six months, after they fell prey to an alleged job fraud by a recruitment agency, are expected to arrive at their motherland within few days.
All the 34 youths went to Kuwait on employment visa, procured through a city based ‘Manikya Associates’, a placement agency owned by a person named Prasad Shetty. But, they realised that the agency was not authorised to make recruitments, after landing in Kuwait. Soon, on realising that they were in a fix, the youth filmed a video and released it, urging MLA Vedavyas Kamath to help them. The video had gone viral on social media, wherein the stranded men alleged that after taking about Rs 65,000 from them, the owner of Manikya Associates Prasad Shetty has cheated them and now they were in dire straits without money and food.
It is alleged that Prasad Shetty recruited around 200 Indians for a company named ‘Cambridge’ and most of them are in the same pathetic state.
After noticing the video being circulating in social media, Mangaluru South MLA D Vedavyas Kamath had instantly responded and has been trying to ensure the safe return of the stranded youths through his friend Raj Bhandary, an office-bearer of ‘Bharatiya Pravasi Parishat’. Speaking to the Newskarnataka.com Vedavyas Kamath said, “ the members of ‘Bharatiya Pravasi Parishat’ and ‘Tuluvara Koota’ in Kuwait have already consented to take care of the stranded youth, providing food and accommodation until they are in Kuwait. The attempts are in progress to consult the Indian embassy in Kuwait so as to bring back the stranded youth. If everything goes as per the plan, all of them would reach district within few days”.
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