POST TIME: 16 November, 2019 01:29:25 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 November, 2019 12:26:56 PM
KSA deports 87 more Bangladeshis

KSA deports 87 more

Nurul (Siraj) Islam and his two children wait to receive his wife Sumi Akter at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka yesterday. Bangladesh called on November 3 for a migrant worker to be repatriated from Saudi Arabia after her tearful video alleging sexual abuse highlighted the exploitation faced by poor Asians working abroad. AFP PHOTO

At least 87 Bangladeshi workers were deported from Saudi Arabia in the last two days raising the number of deportees to 1,647 in the last two weeks.

Of them, 86 workers have been deported on Thursday night and a female worker namely Sumi Akhter returned home early yesterday, according to sources in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment.  

A Saudi Airlines flight carrying 86 workers landed at the airport at about 11:20pm on Thursday and Sumi Akter, who went viral on social media recently returned home on another Saudi Airlines flight at 7:15am yesterday.

Assistant director of welfare desk at the ministry Tanvir Hasan said more 215 female workers returned home early hours of Thursday.

He however could not give a breakup of the deported workers as he was outside of the office.

Source said the tales of misery by the deportees are almost similar to those told by other Bangladeshi workers deported earlier.  Liton, who went to the kingdom just 45 days ago, told reporters that he had been deported despite having valid visa. Dulal Hossain from Brahmanbaria alleged that Saudi police picked him up when he was going to market and deported him.

Some of the deportees alleged that the employers (Kafil) did not provide residence permits (Akama) even after paying necessary amount.  When police detain a worker, the employer does not take responsibility and instructs to deport him, they said.

Meanwhile, Md Jahirul Islam, director of Wage Earners’ Welfare Board received Sumi Akhter at the airport in the morning but she was not allowed to speak with the media.

After completing procedures, a team of Wage Earners’ Welfare Board brought her out with high security and left the airport for Panchagarh. A video went viral on social media few days ago where Sumi was seen asking for help to be saved from the torture by her employer in Saudi Arabia.

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