Vastavam web: An Indian man has been missing since November 9, a day after he reached Dubai on a tourist visa, according to his relatives in the UAE. Amrithalingam Samayamuthu, 46, a father of four from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, had come over to take up a job, his nephew Durai Maniraja told Gulf News on Thursday. He said Amrithalingam was upset as he would be alone in the room and also wanted to go. “But the others told him not to. There was no news about him later is what they told us.”
He said Amrithalingam had not called home as he did not have a UAE SIM card. “He had not called me either. Since I started getting calls from his family back home, I sought the help of my brother-in-law who is in Dubai to enquire about him.” His brother-in-law Kannan Nagoorkani, a driver in Jebel Ali, said he approached the Al Muraqqabat Police Station to file a complaint on November 16.
When contacted by Gulf News, an executive of the company which Amritalingam had visited, said he was on a visit visa. He said Amrithalingam had not taken his passport or other belongings. The passport, which was given to the relatives, showed it was issued only on October 16. With no information about the missing man for more than two weeks, the family has appealed to the Indian Consulate in Dubai.
A spokesperson of the Consulate said the mission had intervened in the case after receiving a complaint via a Tweet on Thursday. “We are getting in touch with the relatives and local authorities,” he said. In October, the mission had warned Indians against flying in to Dubai to seek jobs on tourist/visit visas after several ‘job seekers’ of different nationalities were denied entry at the airport for not meeting visa requirements.