Dubai: Indian Workers in UAE to be Released Shortly


Dubai, Jul 16: Nearly 3,000 Indian workers, who were detained by the UAE authorities following violent protests in their labour camp earlier this month, would be released shortly and allowed to rejoin work, official sources said.

However, eight detainees -- seven Indians and a Bangladeshi -- will remain in custody for their role in the protests over the ''poor'' quality of food being served to the workers in the camp, the sources said on Wednesday.

The workers, who will be released, will join the investigations as and when they will be required, they added.

Earlier, Indian ambassador to the UAE Talmiz Ahmad had said that the Indian embassy, which condemned the violent act, was in touch with the UAE authorities and trying its best to release the detained workers.

The incident occurred on July 4 when workers of Al Hamra Construction in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah went on a rampage while protesting against the poor quality of food at their camp and allegedly thrashed the camp-in-charge and damaged two vehicles of the company.

Later, the riot police were called in who detained all the workers and took them to various jails in the UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah) in 60 vehicles, officials said.

The company officials had told the Indian diplomats they were willing to take back all the workers and also added an overwhelming number of workers were not involved in the incident and had no dispute over working conditions.


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  • Steven, dubai

    Sun, Jul 20 2008

    After tear-wear works in the sun and you are just waiting to have a good meal is the physical and psychological satisfaction. It’s a total frustration riots taken place.The employees and employer must have regretted it.

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri/Sharjah

    Thu, Jul 17 2008

    I am glad that the workers are being released. The workers are at advantage because the market is short of supply due to low rate of pay as well as high cost of living and pathetic condition of labour accommodations. The management of the company may have fond it difficult to replace such a high volume of workers.

    I completely sympathise with the workers' condition but would request them not to involve in violence. The can protest by refusing to eat and bring the matter to the authorities notice. Violent protests bring bad name to our country. Do not dispise the office going class of your countrymen - they can't meet the end by the salary they get.

    You people at-least have an accommodation and mess. They live in cramped condition of three families in one house with high cost of W&E, Food and other commodities. Please understand each others difficulties and have patience.

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