Ambalappuzha: Twenty-seven-year-old Anshad was delighted to see his son for the first time. He broke down at the airport even as he held on to little Umrul Farooq. Anshad's parents and younger brother Ansil too could not hold back the tears. His wife Rashida was relieved to have her husband back.
Emotional scenes were witnessed at the Cochin International Airport at Nedumbasssery on Thursday, when Anshad arrived in his native state after undergoing a harrowing ordeal in Saudi Arabia.
Anshad went to the Gulf after he was promised the job of serving tea to the guests at a Saudi native's house. He reached Saudi on a visa given to him by a friend's relative on October 18, 2017.
However, Anshad was given the task of looking after the camels in the desert. Whenever he asked for the job he was promised, he was flogged.
Though he managed to escape and took refuge at a police station in Saudi, the sponsor gained back his custody and tortured him. Finally, he managed to phone his relatives back home when the sponsor was away, paving way for his escape.
Anshad was released on November 19. Though the Embassy gave permission to Anshad to leave Saudi on November 28, he returned home only after Umra (pilgrimage to Mecca).