“A member of the Indian Association in Sharjah got in touch with Kumar about the situation, as he was working for a company which was not paying him a salary. On top of that, Kumar’s employer slapped an absconding case on him. As a result, he was unable to return home. His passport was taken away, his visa had expired and he was thrown out of his accommodation.”

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Vipul said the consulate had arranged to settle all of his outstanding visa penalty fees in the UAE. The consulate also arranged Kumar’s out pass and ticket to return home. On Saturday, January 11, Kumar returned home.

According to the consul general, the Indian consulate has issued 800 tickets to distressed Indians and provided subsistence – to meet daily living expenses – for 500 people.

Rakesh Kumar
Rakesh Kumar on his way home on Saturday, January 11.Image Credit: Twitter

Speaking to Gulf News from Lucknow, Rakesh said: “I am so thankful for all the help I have received. I was stuck in a bad situation without knowing where to go. I am just glad it has all worked out good.”

Kumar’s wife Asha also spoke to Gulf News, who was emotional after receiving her husband.

“We were all so afraid of my husband’s safety. Now we know there are so many good Indians living in the UAE. They have helped my husband come home. Thank you!” she said.