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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 08/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) An elderly Indian expatriate with a kidney ailment will be flying back home after having lived in Oman for 25 years. Sixty year old Velayudhan's visa expired two decades ago, but authorities have waived off fines against him.

However, an incomplete application for a wheelchair has delayed his return.

''A ticket to Kerala for Velayudhan, who suffers from kidney ailments, was booked for Monday. It has been learnt that the application for a wheelchair for him was not duly filled and stamped. He may fly either on Tuesday or on Wednesday,'' P M Jabir, Indian Social Club's community welfare secretary said.

Velayudhan's friends said that he hasn't been to India in 25 years. His visa expired more than two decades ago and he had a fine running into thousands of rials against him.  Jabir said, ''We brought him to the Indian Embassy's open house a month ago to tell the authorities of his condition. Having seen him, the embassy put forth a request to the concerned Omani authorities, who waived off his fine on health grounds.'' An outpass was then issued for Velayudhan.

His friends said that he was being looked after by well-wishers.

''A bachelor,  he has two brothers in his hometown Ponnani whom he has not met for 25 years. We had informed them about Velayudhan's Monday flight. However, the error in the application has delayed his departure,'' a friend said


 






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