67 Indians died in Qatar this year, says mission
April 02 2017 08:58 PM
Indian embassy


The Indian embassy in Doha recorded 67 deaths of its nationals so far this year, the Community house held on Thursday was informed.
The figure was based on the number of deaths reported at the Indian embassy until March 29, the mission explained in a statement on Sunday.
The house was told that as many as 180 Indians are in the Central Prison while 80 are waiting for their turn to leave the country at the Deportation Centre of the Criminal Evidence and Investigation Department.
Teams from the embassy recently visited both the locations to inquire about the welfare of the community members there.
During the current year, the Labour and Community Welfare Section of the embassy received a total of 674 complaints until March 30. Out of this, the embassy resolved 514 complaints and 69 are under follow up. 
On the basis of the requests from the Qatari authorities for travel documents of the Indian nationals in the Deportation Centre, the embassy issued 33 emergency certificates last month. The embassy also issued 188 air tickets to the Indian nationals in distress for their return to India during March. 
The community house was attended by ambassador P Kumaran, deputy chief of mission R K. Singh and other officials. They met all the complainants, discussed their problems and assured them of the embassy's active involvement in following up their cases with the local authorities.
Devis Edakalathur, president, Indian Community Benevolent Forum, an active community association working under the aegis of the embassy for the welfare of Indian workers, was also present.

Last updated: April 02 2017 10:49 PM

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