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Worker from Tamil Nadu killed in Libyan violence


February 22, 2011 - Tirunelveli

Murugaiah, a 42-year old contract worker from Tamil Nadu, who was employed with a Korean group, has been killed in strife torn Libya.

The victim's wife Vellathai has given a petition to the District Collector seeking steps to retrieve the body of her husband.

Vellathai said her husband's colleague Ashok Kumar informed the family on February 20 about the death of Murugaiah, employed with Hyundai group.

She said Kumar also told her he was seriously injured in the gunfire that caused a fire in the camp where the workers had been put up.

Vellathai has sought the intervention of the Government to bring back the body of her husband and also to ascertain the condition of the others, whose names were listed in the petition.

"We are desperately looking for the government's help to retrieve and bring back the body of my husband and to know the status of the other labourers," Vellathai said.

"I have been left alone with two children. My husband went to Libya to earn money," she added

Vellathai further said the 24 semi-skilled workers from the village were employed on a two-year contract by the Korean company for erecting electricity towers on a monthly salary of Rs. 30,000.

"The workers are allowed four-day leave annually to visit their home and they were to come this month end. I want to know the status of our labourers," said Vellathai.

According to reports, around 32 people are stuck in a mosque in Libya.

Libya is witnessing a volatile situation in the wake of unprecedented protests against the 41-year rule of Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi.

ANI

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