Mangaluru: Richard Mascarenhas detained at Kuwait airport since August 28, awaits help

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.



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  • AD, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Why cant the Indian embassy have automatic information of the all Indians detained by local authorities? They always seem to be last to know, only if someother Indians inform them. The role of external affairs ministry is to facilitate information from local governments and our embassies about our citizens.

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  • Shan, Udupi

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    I was in UAE for about 45 years. I left in 2019. First I handed over all my credit cards as they will not clearance certificate unless you cancel your card 3 months prior to your departure. I cancelled my internet and telephone connection, I paid all my my police penalties, municipal taxes than only I booked my tickets.
    If any defaults, and if you escaped once, you will caught on next visit.
    One south African doctor escaped without paying his loan and he was arrested when he visited UAE for his niece marriage after 15 years.
    Please clear your dues or don't visit such country if you escape first time without paying your dues

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Either you have not read the report properly or dont bother to understand. He is arrested for dues kept pending by his boss.

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  • Shan, Udupi

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Yes brother you are correct when challen is issued in his name instead of his employer's name. When municipality issued notice the person told his name as defaulters name as his name as defaulters instead of his owner.
    Now he has to prove that he is not the owner and owner is different.

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  • Shivaprasad K U, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    We must appreciate the stringent system in that country, even for 300KD fine they tracked him and did not allow him to leave the country.

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Look at India Mallya Modi , Chocksy etc... escaped after 2014 strict rule from ......

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  • Shan, Udupi

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Most of the cases foreigners detained and released only after paying fines. Foreigners take bank loans, car loans,telephone Bill's outstanding, rent disputes and ran away. Now all banks, telephone companies, emigration departments put defaulters list so that airport can stop flying out from the country. So I request to check all the outstandings are cleared.

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  • praveen, mlore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    sad.. y stil police demand fine from worker if its petain to co.fine...common sense or may ne fine issued time somethg employe not follwd rules so fined emply

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  • Poojary Nithin, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    As long i know, catering owner not paid visa charges for sponsor, so he complaint on his passport through immigration services

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