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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 31/10/2012

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Indian expatriate who was stuck in Oman for more than three years and had threatened suicide if he was not repatriated, left the sultanate to be with his family on Eid.Muscat Daily had on October 15 highlighted the plight of Mohammed Raffiq (52) from Nizamabad in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He had applied for an outpass with the Indian Embassy in March 2010 but the process led to nowhere, forcing him to stay in Oman.The labour court has waived the fines due from him for illegal stay in the sultanate.He left the country on October 23 after his case was fast-tracked by the Indian Embassy and the labour court.Rita Samuel, who runs the Helpline website to assist workers in distress in Oman, liaised with the embassy on Raffiq's behalf and helped with his medical bills.Rita said, ''This is the biggest gift the embassy could have given Raffiq, as he was united with his family for Eid. I had met him before he flew for home and he was overcome by emotions.''The embassy provided Raffiq with the air ticket and a Muscat Daily reader contacted Rita to help Raffiq with another RO100. Rita helped him with RO70.Rita said thought that Raffiq would be able to fly back only after Eid. ''But the embassy worked expediently and the labour court waived the fines due from Raffiq on advice and medical certificate given by the doctor. The doctor had advised that further delay in his treatment could lead to complications.''Raffiq was suffering from hernia, kidney ailments and joint pain and had recurring fever for past two months.Rita said that there are 12 other Indians stuck at the farm in Al Hail where Raffiq was staying. ''They are from states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka and all are under intense mental stress as they have nowhere to go and have little means to make two ends meet.''Rita said that she was going to meet them on Tuesday evening and offer counselling and find ways to expedite their cases for repatriation.


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