Indian Embassy searching for over 99 Indians missing in UAE since 2010

Manama, Apr. 11 (ANI): A total of 99 Indians have gone missing in the UAE in the past two years, according to figures maintained by the Indian government.

Pancham Tiwari, 19, has disappeared all of a sudden and now is one among the Indians missing in UAE. He is one of the youngest of five brothers hailing from a poor family in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, India, who had come to UAE in 2010 for the job of a carpenter in a construction company in Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi, Gulf News reports.

Raju Tiwari, Pancham's elder brother claimed that he had seen his brother last before leaving for India two years back and is looking for leads to find his lost brother ever since. He has checked with the employers of Pancham and has also approached the Indian Embassy to file a missing person report in 2011.

Countries such as UAE, Australia, U.S., Britain, Malaysia, Italy and Canada have witnessed sudden disappearance of around 432 Indians, according to Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi. Among these, 291 have been found, while the officials remain clueless about 141 more people.

The reports on missing people have been compiled and collected with help from 90 Indian missions. Indian officials in UAE are questioning the employers in this regard.

These officials however maintain that the real figures for the missing are not as high as they are being shown. The families fail to inform them about the closure on a certain case, although the missing person report still remains on record, said Indian Consul General, Sanjay Verma.

He added that there are cases where expatriates separate themselves from their families by all means due to marital pressures or financial crisis, rendering their families desperate and helpless.

The Convener of Indian Community Welfare Committee, K. Kumar said that some of the missing people reports also include victims of accidents who decline from maintaining any contact with their family to avoid tension in their families or in the case of prisoners, social stigma. This leads the families to report them missing.

While Kumar suggests they should publish a list of missing Indians and work on each case singularly, Raju yearns to know the whereabouts of his brother so that he can put his mother's doubts to rest back home. (ANI)

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