KATHMANDU: The Malaysian immigration officials and police on Monday detained scores of Nepali migrant workers, who were returning home, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
They were arrested while they were heading to board the Nepal Airlines flight to Kathmandu.
The exact number of Nepalis arrested today, apparently as a part of the ongoing crackdown on illegal migrant workers in Malaysia, is not clear.
But out of 194 passengers, who bought tickets to Nepal, only 101 were allowed to board the plane, according to an official at the Nepal Airlines Corporation.
According to an estimate, more than four lakh Nepalis work in Malaysia.
Since the first week of September, the Malaysian government launched the operation against illegal foreign workers, who had enrolled for amnesty in 2011 but later disappeared in the country.
"Around 40 managed to avoid arrest"*
Meanwhile, an official at the Nepali Embassy in Kuala Lumpur told THT Online over phone that the Nepali mission has received unconfirmed reports about the detention of Nepali workers.
The official, however, was not sure about the number.
"We've heard that about 40 persons were arrested, while around 40 others managed to avoid the arrest and fled the airport," he said, seeking anonymity.