Detained Indian man in Iran seeks Sonia aid

Detained Indian man in Iran seeks Sonia aid

The wife of one of the two Indians allegedly confined to a guest house in Iran’s Zanjan city by a private engineering firm there has sought help from Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi for her husband’s release.

Priti Pandya, wife of Sanket Pandya (36), has written to Sonia Gandhi on Saturday requesting help for the release of her husband, who is working as a manager with the Goa-based Power Engineering (India) Pvt Ltd, and Mohammed Hussain Khan (from Haryana), who have been allegedly detained by the engineering firm for over a month following a business dispute with the company.

“My husband has been facing lot of hardships as he does not have money and is not allowed to move out of the guest house for the past 39 days,” Pandya wrote in the letter.

“The passports of my husband and Khan were taken away by the company under the pretext of stamping them on December 17 last year, when they were planning to return to India before the expiry of a one-month visa period on December 23,” she said.

Priti said that she, her two minor children and her aged mother-in-law were worried about Sanket and want him to be released at the earliest.

Earlier, Sanket’s brother-in-law Dilip Pathak had also said that he (Sanket) was “not allowed to move out of the guest house or contact officials in the Indian embassy in Iran. This is the case of illegal confinement by the company.”

However, Pandya is allowed to speak to his family members and officials of Power Engineering (India) over the phone, he had said. Pandya’s family members had earlier sought the intervention of the PMO and the External Affairs Ministry to ensure the “release” of the duo and also approached local BJP lawmaker Balkrishna Shukla for help.

Shukla had earlier said, “I have written letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Chief Minister Narendra Modi apprising them about the incident and sought their help.”

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