Riyadh: The corpse of a tribal youth who was working as a construction labourer here, was repatriated to his home in Telangana on Friday, four months after his death. Gopal Katravat(38), a native of Gandeed Mandal in Rangareddy district was working as a construction labourer in Qatif in Saudi Arabia who died on October 13 last year after falling from the fourth floor of an under construction building. His body was kept in a forensic lab in Dammam.
The repatriation was delayed due to the incompletion of the investigation and forensic report and legal issues regarding his stay in the nation. Gopal had left his job under a Saudi sponsor and started working as a construction labourer with his acquaintances from Rangareddy and Mahbubnagar districts. Meanwhile, Gopal’s acquaintance Ramulu Tejawat, a native of Parig, with whom Gopal had been working, denied to take responsibility and refused to bear the freight charges of the corpse.
The incident came to the attention of Indian Embassy which extended their helping hands to the grief stricken family by paying for the freight charges. Working contrary to the visa rules is a common phenomenon among the laborers from Telangana working in Middle Eastern nations. They were negligent to safety rules and vulnerable to accidents while on work, reports indicate. A significant number of Lambada youth from Telangana are working in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations.