17 Indian nationals detained in Libyan jail return to India
17 Indian nationals who were detained in Libya since February 2023 were successfully repatriated and returned to India on August 20, the Indian Embassy in Tunisia said on Monday.
The Indian nationals, mostly hailing from from Punjab and Haryana, were allegedly duped by immigration agents who charged them money on the pretext of sending them to Italy – instead sending them to Libya where they were held and and jailed.
Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, Vikramjit Singh Sahney, who played a role in facilitating the evacuation process, said the youths have requested for the immigration agents to be charged for the deceiving them and the mental ordeal they went through. In a post on the platform X, Sahney said the 17 men were charged 13 lakh Indian rupees individually by the agents.
The case of the captive Indians was first brought to the attention of the Indian embassy in Tunis, which also covers Libya, in May this year by the families of those held. The group was allegedly taken captive by an armed group in Zwara city in Libya.