"I request you to instruct the Embassy of India in Kuwait to take all necessary measures to ensure the immediate repatriation of these innocent Indian fishermen," Jayalalithaa said in a letter to Narendra Modi.
She said 11 fishermen - ten from Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu and another from Kerala - went to Kuwait in July, last year to work as fishermen. They went there under the sponsorship of two persons, Hussain Rasheed and Mohamed Rasheed.

They were sent for fishing for about six months in the boats owned by the sponsors. However, the sponsors did not pay the fishermen their share from the fishing catch as per the terms of employment.

"Hence, the fishermen struggled to barely sustain themselves and were unable to send money to their dependent families back at home," she said.

As the 11 fishermen lost all hope of getting their remuneration from their employers, they requested for their return passage to India, which the sponsors refused.

"Subsequently, they were detained by the local police on a foisted case on a complaint by the sponsors and released after a month's detention," she said.

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