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>tortured, deported as they asked for just pay

>MUKUL Hossain was asleep at the company’s barrack that day. Like thousand other aggrieved workers, his monthly salary was only 20 Kuwaiti dinar, but he didn’t join demonstrations thinking it might affect his livelihood, Porimol Palma writes on the sufferings of the Bangladeshi workers deported by Kuwait law enforcers.
His cautious move didn’t work. The Kuwaiti police arrested him on charge of taking part in the demonstrations over pay hike. He was beaten so hard that he suffered a broken scull. Eventually he was deported empty-handed, says Mukul, who hails from Sirajganj.
“The KD 20 was not enough even for my survival in Kuwait. Yet I continued with the job with the hope of making a buck from some extra work for my family,” adds Mukul, who was deported on August 1 along with many others.
Thousands of Asian workers, especially Bangladeshis, went on strike in the Gulf nation last week. The Kuwaiti authorities arrested over 1,000 and decided to deport 850 Bangladeshis for their ‘involvement’.
The authorities had assured the Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait City of not arresting or deporting any innocent workers. But statements of Mukul and some other workers suggest most of the deportees kept their nose clean.
Saiful Islam of Narsingdi and Jamal Hossain, Labu Mia and Arjun of Tangail also had similar experience.

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