Jeddah: For NRIs in the Gulf region, the worst is travelling back home through deportation centres, commonly referred to as safer jail in the region. The worst thing that can happen to a person is death at the deportation centre while waiting to be repatriated.
Bandapalli Mallesham (51), a native of Mallial mandal in Jagtial district, died of cardiac arrest at the deportation centre in Dammam on Saturday, according to Indian embassy sources. Mallesham was arrested by police for violating residency rules and was shifted to the deportation centre in Dammam a week ago.
Mallesham absconded from his employer, a practice that is rampant by many Telangana construction workers which is against the law. Later, his visa expired, but he survived by taking up odd jobs till he was caught by police in a routine inspection and sent to the deportation centre from where he was to be repatriated back home in a special arrangement, sources said.
Mallesham was living in Saudi Arabia for the last nine years and purchased some farmland and also got his daughter married to a Gulf NRI. Noted social worker Nass Vokkam Shoukat Ali in Saudi Arabia with the help of the Indian Embassy is coordinating with local authorities in Saudi Arabia to repatriate the body back home.
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