Daijiworld Media Network - Kadaba (ANK)
Kadaba, Nov 20: After spending 11 months in jail in Saudi Arabia on charges of fraud, Chandrashekar, a resident of Ithur in Kadaba taluk, has been released and returned to Mangaluru.
Upon his arrival at the Mangaluru airport, Chandrashekar was warmly greeted by his mother Hemavathi, brother Harish, and well-wishers. He expressed gratitude to his friends, especially Prakash, for their relentless efforts in securing his release.
Chandrashekar, who had moved to Saudi Arabia in 2022 and was working in a ceramics company, fell victim to a bank hacker, leading to his arrest for fraud in Saudi Arabia. He boarded a flight from Saudi Arabia and reached Mangaluru at 7 pm.
In 2022, Chandrashekar had purchased a new SIM card and mobile phone in Riyadh, signing two documents in the process. Shortly after, he started receiving messages in Arabic to his new number. Two days later, he received a call asking for information about his new mobile number, and at that moment, Chandrashekar unknowingly shared the OTP with the caller. A week later, he was arrested by the Saudi Police.
Upon learning the reason for his arrest, Chandrashekar was shocked to discover that hackers had opened an account in his name without his knowledge, and 22,000 Riyal was credited to his account from a local woman's account. The woman had filed a complaint with the police, leading to Chandrashekar's arrest on fraud charges.
During his time in jail, Chandrashekar was allowed only a two-minute phone call and was restricted from meeting friends. His friends, along with Prakash from Udupi, who is currently residing in Saudi Arabia, tirelessly worked for Chandrashekar's release, resulting in his freedom after 11 months. Chandrashekar, the son of Kenchappa Gowda and Hemavathi, had his wedding fixed for January, but he was arrested during that period.