Get Me Out of Here: Indian in Saudi Arabia Asks For Help in Video

The Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has taken notice of the video and have been trying to trace the worker.

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An Indian worker from Telangana (pictured above) can be seen isolated in a desert in Saudi Arabia, with only a few camels around.
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A video by an Indian worker, identified as Paleti Veraiah from Karimnagar district, Telangana making an emotional plea to be rescued has gone viral all over the Internet. The Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has taken notice of the video and have been trying to trace the worker who in the video is asking for help.

In the video posted on Twitter, the man is making a plea in Telugu, requesting to rescue him from the desert where he alleges he was deprived of food and is also beaten up by his employer.

The video is shot somewhere in the desert in Saudi Arabia and shows camels in the background. In the video, Veraiah says that he was put there to take care of approximately 100 camels.

Identifying himself to be from Thummapuram Mandalam, he said that he’s poor and has to graze and milk the camels all alone. In the video he’s seen saying that he is around 20 kms from Habu Hajram. "There isn't even electricity here. We can't charge our phones here," said Veraiah.

“This is how they treat and abuse us. They’re not letting me go for my mother’s funeral. Please get me out of here.”

He added that he is deprived of food and spoke about his wife too, "Even my wife is in the hospital. There is no way for me to see her."

TRS Leader Urge MEA to Act

After the video went viral, former Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s President KT Rama Rao took to Twitter and urged the Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj and India's Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri and the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi to take action for helping Veraiah return to India.

TRS President Rama Rao urged External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, India’s UAE Ambassador, Navdeep Suri and the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi to intervene.
TRS President Rama Rao urged External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, India’s UAE Ambassador, Navdeep Suri and the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi to intervene.
(Photo Courtesy: KTR /Twitter)

Efforts to Find Worker Ongoing

The Indian Embassy in UAE replied to his tweet saying that this matter doesn't concern them but the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia responded.

Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri responded to Rao’s tweet.
Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri responded to Rao’s tweet.
(Photo: IndAmbUAE/Twitter)

Suri got back to say that an attempt was made by the embassy to call him on his phone number. "We tried to speak to Veraiah on his number but there is no response," the embassy said asking for his visa page, passport copy and work permit ID.

Twitterati also jumped in to dig more details about the Indian worker and urged the authorities to intervene.

The Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has responded and said that Veraiah is currently not answering their calls and have posted on Twitter to request him to call at the Embassy's toll free number. TRS' Rao immediately replied to the tweet, asking the NRI community in Saudi Arabia to help the embassy in tracing Veraiah.

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