Dhaka protests killing of workers in Saudi Arabia
By Saleem Samad
DHAKA: Bangladesh has conveyed its protest to Riyadh about the reported killing of five Bangladeshi workers on Saudi soil and requested a thorough investigation into the incident.
Reportedly, an angry member of the Saudi royal family sprayed bullets on a number of foreign workers at a place 300 kilometres from Riyadh on February 4 when they were resting at a combination of picnic spots and agricultural farms. The firing left six people, five Bangladeshis and a Sudanese, dead. Later the killer burnt their bodies. The Saudi police rushed to the spot and arrested a man identified as a son of Abdullah bin Fahd, a member of the royal family. A week later, the bodies of the ill-fated workers still remain untraced, admitted officials at ministries of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment, reports an English daily the New Age.
Following newspaper reports quoting the victims’ co-workers in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government has decided to give compensation of Taka 100,000 each to the families of the murdered Bangladeshis. “We’ve requested the Saudi government to find out why the killing occurred and inform us about the details,” said Mohammed Quamrul Islam, state minister for Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment.