Former union minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Saturday appealed to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to ensure the safe return of two Telugu persons who were currently in the custody of the Malaysian police.
In a letter addressed to Swaraj, Dattatreya urged her to direct the officials concerned to arrange for legal support to help free Kommalapalli Subramanyam and Venkatapuram Sridhar from the custody of the Malaysian police and arrange their safe return to India.
Giving details of the detainees, Dattatreya mentioned in his letter that the duo from the city had been given job offers as a music specialist and a trainer at Sangeetha Swaralaya, an Indian music academy in Malaysia.
They were offered salaries of RM 5,500 per month each by the academy's director Dr Hariharan Subramaniyam.
However, when the duo reached Malaysia their salaries were reduced to RM 1,800 each. They were also forced to work in inhumane conditions and made to travel around 300 km each day.
When they expressed their inability to continue, they were framed in false charges and arrested by the Malaysian police, Dattatreya said.
Their family members were in a state of shock, Dattatreya said, and urged Swaraj to help the families by ensuring their safe return to India.