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Escapees from U.S. camp lodge complaint

By Our Staff Reporter

KOLLAM, MAY 5 . The four natives of Kollam who escaped from a U.S. military camp in Iraq and reached here last Friday submitted a complaint against the Karunagapally-based recruiting agent to the Kollam District Collector, Rajan Khobragade, and the Kollam Dy. SP, M.N. Jayaprakash, today.

The complaint states that the agent had taken a sum of Rs. 80,000 each from them assuring them job visas as butchers to Kuwait.

However, on landing in Kuwait, they were forcefully smuggled into neighbouring Iraq for doing menial jobs at the Q-West U.S. military camp off Mosul in Iraq.

The complaint states that the agent had cheated them and that they had to spend days at the camp risking their lives due to attacks from Iraqi resistance forces. They alleged that they were actually sold to Iraq-based employment contractors in Kuwait.

The District Collector assured the complainants, Hameed, Faisal, Shahjehan and Mansool, that he would order an inquiry into the same and submit the report to the State Government. On the basis of the complaint received, the Kollam police have also launched an investigation.

50 more Keralites in camp

Meanwhile, Shahjehan this afternoon received a phone call from another Malayali working at the Q-West camp in Iraq.

The caller, Babukuttan of Mynagapally, said there were 50 other Keralites in the camp. He said the camp bosses had promised to relieve them by August. According to Babukuttan, life at the camp continued to be highly risky as attacks from Iraqi resistance forces continue.

He said they would be relieved only when the next batch of workers takes over and that the next batch expected was from Sri Lanka.

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