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Indian’s body in morgue for 3 months; family untraceable

Body will be buried in Abu Dhabi if family remains untraceable

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: An Indian man’s body has been lying in an Abu Dhabi hospital morgue for three months as the Indian Embassy’s continuous efforts to trace his family have not yet succeeded.

The local authorities informed the embassy that Narsayya Gosika died on November 10, 2017 due to heart attack at a deportation centre in Abu Dhabi, a senior embassy official told Gulf News on Wednesday. The man was arrested for illegally entering the UAE from Oman and detained during the preceding eight months.

Gosika was supposed to be deported but the procedure could not be completed as he did not have any identification documents with him. During the regular jail visits of the embassy officials, Gosika had given the following address: Darpilly in Nizamabad district in Telangana state in south India.

However, Telangana Government could not trace his whereabouts to prove his identity as an Indian, the official said.

After several follow-up efforts, the embassy received a letter on December 17, 2017 from the district collector [the head of district administration] of Nizamabad, which said Gosika had lived in the given address 20 years ago and his family members, relatives or acquaintances were not found in the village. Therefore, the embassy has written to the Telangana government again, saying that the body will be buried in Abu Dhabi as requested by the local authorities, if his family or relatives are still untraceable.

A copy of the letter issued by Baniyas police station in Abu Dhabi on November 29, 2017 read that the Public Prosecution had given the permission on November 19 to hand over the body to the representatives of the family or the Indian Embassy. The body could be repatriated to his home country or buried in Abu Dhabi, according the letter.

Those who have any information about the deceased can contact the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

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