Udupi: Expat arrested, declared dead in Saudi Arabia – Family demands justice

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Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SHP)

Udupi, Dec 2: “John Monteiro, who was employed as an AC technician in Saudi Arabia, was arrested for an unknown reason and later declared dead. Monteiro suffered health issues while under custody and was not given any care when he requested for it, causing his death,” alleged his family members.

Addressing media at Udupi press club, Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, president, Human Rights Protection Foundation, Udupi, said, “Reportedly, the family of the deceased received a phone call from an unknown Saudi number who informed them regarding Monteiro's condition. The victim's family raised alarm when they heard the news and sought help in this regard from the Ministry of External Affairs. Unfortunately, their efforts were in vain when they failed to receive any help from the Centre. As per sources, the family was asked to retrieve the body of the victim by paying a certain sum. Given the poor financial state of the family, retrieving the body was a herculean task.

John Monteiro

“Meanwhile, the Human Rights Protection Foundation in Udupi worked tirelessly and helped in bringing back Monteiro's body. 

“The family questioned the absence of medical insurance and a work permit, two of the most important documents while residing in a foreign nation.

“Although the family is keen on fighting a case in Saudi Arabia against the miscarriage of justice, they require at least USD 15,000 for the same,” he said.

Karishma, daughter of John Monteiro, detailed level of disappointment she faced in her quest for help from the central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Amina, wife of John Monteiro, Joseph Rebello, member of Human Rights Protection Foundation, Udupi, Shantaram Shetty, advocate, and others were present.


Comment on this article

  • Bengalurian, Bengaluru

    Tue, Dec 3 2019

    If you would like to know the “unknown reason” say these words “Hey Siri, play Amar Choudary & Niki Galrani’s Hindi dubbed Tamil movie on Living Room TV”.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    Those who boast of Saudi justice should introspect.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Tue, Dec 3 2019


    First, I am extremely sorry and sad for the death of our people in abroad. Hope we fight against the culprits.
    Secondly, I want you to read the article properly, and I feel that your comment is totally immature. It is not the case related o failure of justice system. It is the case of grave negligence from the authorities in failing to provide emergency medical treatment. Do you think these type of incidents take place in Saudi only?

    Once again I express my deep condolence to the grieving family.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Tue, Dec 3 2019

    Nawaz, this poor guy died and for 4and half years he didn't know why he was arrested. They killed a innocent man.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Tue, Dec 3 2019

    Who has to introspect for the barbaric Dr. Priyanka Reddy Rape and Murder case?. and related suspension of police officers? All of us has to inrtrospect. So better give priorities to the situations of our own Country rather than going too far.
    It is different thing that we have to fight for justice for our people in other's land.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Tue, Dec 3 2019

    I know you have all the praises for the justice system of your favourite leaders and party who have given the Parlianment Defence Panel Membership to an Terrorist accused who is still undergoing trial in the Courts.

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  • Nelson D'Souza, Mangaloreb

    Wed, Dec 4 2019

    The sad truth from Nawazs comment is the usual bias and unreasonable support we all know for what reason.

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  • AR Mohammed, Udupi

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    We miss Sushma Swaraj very much...………..
    She was the only minister doing her job in entire BJP Government...…………...

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  • Edward Menezes, Shirva.

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    I feel terrible sorry for the family, every day there are deaths on the broad roads, So many people are dying in the cells, but the law is so strict only strong evidence and eye witness can help the people who are behind the bars, I also worked in this country for more than 30 years and never had any problems such.

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