Malaysia frees two detained Indian IT professionals

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 26 April 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian authorities have freed two software professionals working for IndiaÂ’s HCL Technologies in Malaysia. Despite having valid visas, they were detained last week on suspicion of being illegal migrants.

“Both the employees have been released. One was released on Sunday and another on Monday. They were detained for not possessing valid documents” Saurav Adhikari, Corporate Vice President (Strategy), HCL Technologies said.

He said one of the employees has a long-term work permit, while the other had a business visa. “The two employees were released after the Indian High Commission intervened and both are back at work,” he said.

The two employees, Girish Arora and Sandeep Arora were arrested on Saturday evening while eating at a food stall in Kuala Lumpur. Members of RELA, a voluntary paramilitary force that helps authorities in crack down on illegal migrants, took both of them to detention camp for illegal migrants because they did not have their passports with them.

HCL employs about 100 professionals at its Malaysian unit which handles over a dozen clients and implements products ranging from enterprise resource planning to application work.

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