Udupi, June 3,2017: Reports confirm that a resident of Udupi, who was assaulted by his employers in Mozambique for alleged theft of cash, has finally returned on June 2, Friday with the help of Indian embassy officials after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj intervened.
Speaking media victim Anand Singh’s sister Anitha Suvarna from Udupi said Anand was working as a store manager for Cogeno Comercio Geral de Bocala, based in Mozambique’s capital city of Mobuto. On May 29, he found cash worth Rs 9 lakh missing from the store and immediately informed his superiors. However, the employer accused him of stealing cash 8,63,940 meticals (INR 9,30,196.22). They detained and assaulted him.
In an email to Minister Sushma Swaraj, Suvarna said the employer’s son kept a pistol on his forehead and took in writing that he robbed the money. "Even though he told them he did not rob the money, they did not listen and just kept beating him," she said and added that the employer had confiscated his passport and other documents.
Anitha said that she had also informed his friends in Mumbai about the incident, who later started a Twitter campaign and brought the issue to the notice of the minister.
Anand is expected to reach Udupi in two or three days. Though the family originally hails from Udupi, they were settled in Mumbai, but moved to Udupi again in 1999.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has responded positively to a request by the friends and relatives of a person from Mumbai, who is reportedly struck in Mozambique.
A friend, told media on June 2,Friday that Singh used to come to his gym at Kallianpur-Santhekatte. “He was a jovial and nice person,” he said. Singh was then working in his brother-in-law’s hotel and a fast food centre in Udupi. “He left for Mozambique about two years ago.”