Eleven goldsmiths from West
Bengal, who had been stranded in Iran for the past several
months, returned on Wednesday following intervention of the
The youths from Hooghly, Cooch Behar, Howrah and
Burdwan districts had gone to Iran in February but their
travel documents were allegedly seized by their employer,
a member of an NGO National Anti-trafficking Committee (NATC)
The NGO had been trying to bring back the youths since
"We had informed the ministry of external affairs,
Prime Ministers Office, West Bengal Chief Minister's office,
ADG CID and Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, New Delhi.
Finally, their return was possible with the effort of all
concerned as the company which had taken them to Iran agreed
to pay their air fare following the intervention of MEA," the
NATC member said.
"After reaching Iran in February 2018, things were
fine in the initial months. But after two months, our salaries
were stopped and we had no money to fend for ourselves,"
Sheikh Moinuddin, a returnee, said.
The goldsmiths did not receive salaries for almost
five months and had to do with little food, the NATC official
said adding even their passports were taken away by the owner
of the firm, where they worked.
"We have been waiting for this moment. Thanks to the
MEA and other authorities to come to our aid," Sheikh Salim,
brother-in-law of Sheikh Mounuddin said.
Saheed Ali Sheikh of Pandua in Hooghly district, whose
son Enamul was among the 11 members who returned, said it was
a great relief to see his youngest son back.
The 12 goldsmiths were rescued from Chabahar in Iran.
While 11 of them returned, one is still stuck due to visa
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