Telugu NRI slapped Rs 36 lakh hospital bill in Saudi

The story of 30-year-old Shaikh Arif, a native of Chakkala Bazar in Guntur is heart rendering. His trouble started since the time he reached Saudi.

By Author   |   Gulf Correspondent   |   Published: 3rd Feb 2018   11:58 pm Updated: 4th Feb 2018   12:57 am
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King Abdulaziz Hospital, Riyadh (Official: Website)

Riyadh: A Telugu NRI labourer, who was in coma for around three months after he met with a road accident in Saudi Arabia, was shocked to know that he is wanted by police for non-payment of hospital bill and barred to leave country.

The story of 30-year-old Shaikh Arif, a native of Chakkala Bazar in Guntur is heart rendering. His trouble started since the time he reached Saudi. His employer was not paying him and he had to file a case in this regard. From that case to spending 11 months in a hospital after a accident, to the expiry of visa, everything has been going wrong for this man.

He said he is unable to travel to the court and present his side of story because of his illegal status, as the court is in another province. “After examining my plea, court in Taif referred the case to a court in Al Baha, nearly 240 KM away. Due lack of valid Iqama (Resident Visa), I am unable to travel and present my version”, he said.

“When I opened my eyes in ICU, I came to know that I was admitted in the King Abdulaziz Hospital in Taif and that I was in coma for 3 months after traffic police and rescue teams brought me to the hospital”.

Apart from the three months he spent in Coma, and had to spend another eight months in the hospital.

Arif said that he was unable to find a job after being discharged from the hospital in 2016. The expiry of Iqama complicated the situation and so he decided to return home.

When he tried to leave the country, he was informed that there was a court case against him by the hospital for non-payment of SR 210,670 equivalent to approximately Rs 36 lakh.

He alleged that the paper he had signed in hasty manner during his release from the hospital was used to frame false case against him by his employer.

For last few months he has been desperately running behind court, police, hospital and Indian consulate to help him return home.

Distraught Arif said in a choking voice that he is going through the worst time in his life and is hoping for help from the Indian community.