7 Indians deported from Saudi

Seven Indian workers have been deported from Saudi Arabia for visa violation, reports said on Sunday.

Some of the workers violated visa regulations intentionally, while the rest were cheated by their sponsors. They were deported after being released from the Abha detention centre in Asir province on Thursday, Arab News reported.

Four of them flew home Friday morning. “Of a total of 22 Indian inmates in the Abha detention center, only seven are eligible to return home,” said Indian social worker Ashraf Kutichal.

The Abha chapter of the Overseas Indian Cultural Congress paid 1,000 Saudi riyals (around $ 265) each for the release of the expatriates as penalty for not being in possession of a valid “Iqama”, a residency permit for expatriates in Saudi Arabia. 

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