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04 March 2024

Labourer who could not go home for 12 years dies in Sharjah

By VM Sathish

An Indian worker who could not go home even once in the past 12 years because he did not have a valid residence visa, has died in Sharjah.

The 52-year-old Thekkummale Lakshman, from Karimnagar near Hyderabad in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, was found suffering from chest congestion on a street near Rolla and was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead. Heart attack was mentioned as the cause of death.

Social workers are trying to repatriate the body of Lakshman, who did not see his family for more than a decade. 

The body has been lying in the police morgue for more than a month-and-a-half.

Lakshman did not take any medicine for his ailment because he could not go to a hospital without a valid residence visa.

“His family is keen that at least Lakshman’s body should reach home. Lack of money and residence visa had prevented him from going home, even once, for more than a decade,” said a social worker handling repatriation of his body.

“We are not sure when the body will be released. We are waiting for some papers from India,” he added.

There are many workers from Karimnagar in the Gulf and a number of suicides and deaths due to chronic diseases have been reported from among them, according to social workers.

Indian social workers recently cremated the dead bodies of two illegal workers in the Jebel Ali crematorium after obtaining no-objection certificates from their families.