GDN: THE last group of Indian workers, among more than 50 others who sought help after being stranded in Bahrain, returned home yesterday.
The workers at the Abdulla Nass Contracting Company were slapped with a travel ban five years ago after the firm lodged a complaint against them for reportedly not showing up for work.
However, the company had decided to drop the case on humanitarian grounds after learning about their ordeal.
The last five workers included Chevula Pedda Gangaram, Elki Pedda Muthanna, Nookala Mallaiah, Mandula Gangadhar and Manda Veea Swamy.
They were received at Hyderabad International Airport by Indian Migrants Rights Council vice-president Mandha Bheem Reddy, families and friends.
Mr Reddy told the GDN from Hyderabad that he was so happy for the workers, who were meeting their families after being away for years.
"Many of them missed important developments back home, including not being able to attend funeral services of family members," he said.
"Now they are finally out of the trouble and with their families.
"They have lots of stories to share, including how they spent their time after the travel ban was imposed."
The company first waived a fine against worker Raju Doggiya to allow him to return home after his brother died in a car accident.
The men came from Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, where they claim they paid around BD800 to secure a visa.
A total of 128 workers were originally included in the ban, but only 54 came forward seeking help. No information was available about what happened to the others affected.
Mr Reddy said he would continue following up the case so that all the workers can return home.
"We will now try to talk to the other workers and seek assistance from the Bahrain government on how to help them," he said.