Jeddah: A Telangana NRI who was accused of forging Iqama (resident visa) returned home recently after a long legal battle that lasted for over three years in Saudi Arabia.
Gandam Narsaiah (68), resident of Chandurti mandal in Rajanna Sircilla district, was working as mason in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After working with a firm for three years, he switched to a new firm. He was issued updated Iqama with new employer name.
One fateful day, Narsaiah was checked by a patrolling team in Riyadh as part of a routine drive when they discovered that the Iqama was forged. Following this, he was shifted to jail in Dammam, 400 km away from Riyadh, since the purported Iqama had been issued from Dammam.
While in prison, Narsaiah fell sick. He was then bailed out by prominent social worker Nass Vokkam of Kerala three years ago. Since then, Narsaiah’s accommodation was looked after by Nass.
With the help of Nass, Narsaiah proved that he was a victim who had received the Iqama from an Egyptian who had offered him the job. It took nearly three years to prove that Narsaiah was innocent. The chargesheet was examined by various departments of Saudi government who finally allowed him to leave the Kingdom.
As Narsaiah could not afford the air tickets, Al Rabia Polyclinic, run by Keralites, offered him ticket to return to Hyderabad.