A girl’s plea to the local unit of BJP got her brother, languishing in a Malaysian jail, released. The party sought help from external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, for the task.
Vishwanath, hailing from Shuklaganj area of Unnao, allegedly got tricked by a New Delhi-based placement agency, which gave fake documents and sent him to Malaysia, where he was arrested and tortured by Malaysian police.
“Lalita approached us for rescuing her brother Vishwanath from Malaysia. He went to Malaysia for a job in January but arrested by Malaysian police for possessing fake documents,” city BJP president Surendra Maithani said.
Later, the BJP city unit and local MP Murli Mnaohar Joshi approached Swaraj, who mailed back promising to intervene. “We asked external affairs minister to help. On March 31, the minister’s office contacted us with the good news that Vishwanath has been released with the help of Indian ambassador in Malaysia.”
“My brother is now safe and back home. I am thankful to Indian authorities for help,” Lalita, who works as a nurse in a private hospital, said.
After allegedly paying Rs 90,000 to an agent in Karol Bagh area of Delhi, Vishwanath had gone to Malaysia in January on a temporary visa. The 37-year-old Vishwanath, serving as a security guard there, landed in jail on charges of entering the country on fake documents.
“When he opposed, the Malaysian police beat him up. He was sent to jail where he was locked up with other Indians, including two men from Punjab,” Maithani said. “They snatched his belongings, including his cell phone. He remained in jail for nearly two months.”
After the intervention of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and help from the Indian embassy, a case was filed.
The Malaysian authorities later ordered Vishwanath’s release from jail.