Eight Indian fishermen who are stuck in Oman have been officially requested in letter to help return home by Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. The group of fishermen had arrived in Oman about four months prior on a work visa. They were originally from Kanyakumari, which is the southernmost district of India. However, their visa sponsor is alleged to have been unresponsive, and they have not received their salary since the month following their arrival.
"We came to Oman from Kanyakumari, it's been four months since we came here and we worked for two months. On request the owner to pay us our salary, he didn't do it. We don't have food or groceries and the owner hasn't met us in two months. When we approached the (Indian) embassy, they asked for our passport, but our passport is held by the owner and he is demanding over $1400 (Rs 110,000) to release our passport" the fishermen are seen saying in a video appeal.