Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru
Mangaluru, Sep 18: A person from Mangaluru has been detained at the deportation centre in Kuwait International Airpot for the past three weeks.
Richard Mascarenhas was just about to catch his flight to Mangaluru on August 28 when he was detained all of a sudden.
According to sources, Richard reached the Kuwait airport on August 28 to return to India on leave and completed all formalities of boarding. He was supposed to catch Kuwait Airways flight to Mangaluru. After getting a boarding pass, Richard proceded towards emigration counter, however, there the Kuwait police detained him over pending fines of municipality.
His detention remained a secret and his relatives in India could not locate his whereabouts. Thereafter, persistent efforts by Kuwait Canara Welfare Association revealed that Richard had been taken into custody.
Richard was working in a catering company owned by an Indian. During a routine inspection by the municipality, it was found the company had violated rules, and accordingly, fines were imposed by the municipality. However, instead of on owner, the fine was allegedly imposed in the name of employee Richard and he was not even aware of it. Without knowing that there as outstanding fine amount in his name, Richard planned his trip to India and was caught at the airport.
On learning about Richard's plight, Abdul Lathif Sheida of Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association and Manjeshwar Mohandas Kamath took up the issue and have obtained clear information regarding the fines imposed by the local municipality in Richard’s name. They have also brought this issue to the notice of Sibi George, ambasidor, Indian embassy in Kuwait, who assured them of legal help.
It is learnt that if Richard pays the fine amount of 300 Kuwaiti Dinar, he will be released from police custody. As a catering worker he does not enough money in his hand. On his behalf, Abdul and Mohandas Kamath have requested generous people and associations in Kuwait to pay 300 KD to the municipality and get Richard released, and to contact KCWA for the same. He also needs a one-way ticket to return to India. The Indian embassy has assured all legal support and documentation to free Richard from custody. Right now, Richard is still in the deportation center at Kuwait airport.