29 Mar2 Indian traders in Yiwu: Kidnapped, assaulted & now abandoned?-
Kidnapped, assaulted & now abandoned?
29 Mar 2012, 0848 hrs IST
Indian trader Deepak Raheja was freed from the illegal custody of the Chinese just three months ago but now Raheja and his colleague Shyamsundar Agarwal again in deep trouble with no money and Indian embassy stopping financial help they are fending for themselves on the streets of Shanghai. Deepak Raheja, Indian trader, said, â€œWe are sleeping on the footpaths of China. Indian Government is saying that we do not have funds. We cannot leave the country because of the own going case.â€
Raheja and Shyamsundar were held hostage in the Chinese trade hub of Yiwu in December after their owner fled leaving behind massive dues. Shyamsundar Agarwal, Indian trader, said, â€œThe consulate in our embassy keeps on saying that they will do something and that we should wait for a day. But we are in very poor condition, neither do we have anything to eat nor do we have any shelter.â€ The Indian Government is promising action. The fate of these Indian traders now hangs in balance but with the Chinese President Hu Jintao scheduled to arrive in New Delhi today for the BRICS Summit some hope for their return.