Sunday, December 31, 2017

10 yrs after being duped by visa agent, Indian flies back from UAE

Dubai: When the now 48-year-old Chilumala Chandrashekhar arrived in the UAE in May 2007 on a visit visa from India, his two children were 10 and 6 years old, respectively. Since then, he hasn't seen them.

And this new year, he will be back home with his wife and children.

On Saturday, after 10 years of uncertainty, Chandrashekhar was at Dubai airport again, this time to return to his hometown in Telangana.

"I haven't seen my kids in 10 years. They are 20-year-old and 16-year-old now," he told Khaleej Times.

After being lured by false promises made by a fraud visa agent in India, Chandrashekhar decided in 2007 to leave his hometown and family behind in the hope that he would be able to build a better future for them.

But he ended up living in Dubai without getting his residency papers in order and doing menial jobs for 10 years. After suffering a serious injury at a construction site earlier this month - that resulted in a fractured heel - immigration authorities, the Indian consulate and local social workers intervened on humanitarian grounds. Chandrashekhar returned home on Saturday.
31/12/17 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times