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Chandigarh, Sept 16 :  Punjab Congress today urged the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take up on priority the case of release of nine Indian youth detained by Kuwait government in an alleged murder case. In a letter to Swaraj, President Partap Singh Bajwa said eight of these youth were from Punjab and the ninth one was from Rajasthan and were working with Ahmadiya Construction Company there. It was a very serious issue demanding immediate intervention, Bajwa was quoted as saying in a party release. Also Read - Jodhpur Lockdown News: Total Shutdown Imposed in The District Amid Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases | What's Allowed, What's Prohibited

He informed Swaraj that these workers were arrested as prime suspects in the murder of an Egyptian co-worker whose death was subsequently declared as ‘natural’, caused due to a heart attack. Providing details, he pointed out that originally, a total of 11 Indians were arrested in this case. Two of them got bail due to sincere efforts of some Punjabi social workers residing in Kuwait but rest of them were still in the custody of Kuwait police. Neither the Indian Embassy nor their company was showing any concern to help them, he alleged. Also Read - Section 144 Imposed in 11 Districts of This State Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases; Social, Religious Gatherings Banned Till Oct 31 | Read Details

He claimed that these young Punjabis were the victims of personal grudge which started over some petty argument which later converted into a dispute. The death of Egyptian worker was in no way related to the dispute and his Egyptian companions were trying to take undue advantage of the situation by accusing these innocent young Punjabis for the murder of their co-worker, he claimed. Bajwa, while referring to the plight of their helpless families back home who were going through deep agony, said they had been running from pillar to post for seeking help and justice for their kith and kin.

The PPCC chief urged the External Affairs Minister to look into this serious matter and take up the issue at appropriate level for getting justice to these people.