In a letter addressed to the External Affairs Minister, Dattatraya urged her to direct her officials to arrange for proper legal recourse to set free Komallapalli Subramanyam and Venkatpuram Sridhar from the Malaysian police custody and arrange for their safe return to India.
Giving details of the detained persons, Dattatraya said both Subramanyam and Sridhar had left for Malaysia on November 12 and joined services of Sangeetha Swara Laya. However, much to their shock and dismay, on reaching Malaysia, they were told that they would be paid monthly salary of RM 1800 only and were forced to work under inhuman working conditions. They were forced to travel about 300 km to and fro from their place of stay on daily basis.
When they raised their voice, their employer Dr Hariharan withheld their passports and visas and foisted a false case of theft against the duo. They were taken into custody by Malaysia police on November 29. Earlier, they approached the Indian High Commission at Malaysiafor help, but all their efforts went in vain, he said in the letter.
Family members of both were shocked and wife of Subramanyam was bed-ridden as she was not even able to reach her husband on phone, Dattatreya said and urged Sushma Swaraj to help the family and rescue both from illegal custody and ensure their safe return to India.