Berhampur, Oct 22 (LocalWire): Family members of a migrant worker, who allegedly died in Kuwait, have requested the district administration to make arrangements to bring back his body to Khojapalli in Ganjam district’s Khallikote block, to perform his last rites.
26-year-old Harsh Samal was working in a construction company in Kuwait for some years. He had last visited the village in November 2016 and gone to Kuwait in January 2017 through an agency based in Bhubaneswar, his father Ramesh said. The agency had taken Rs 80,000 towards different expenses, including flight ticket and visa, he added.
On 13 October, the family was informed over telephone about Harsh’s death. The unknown caller, however, did not tell them about the cause of his death and the whereabouts of his body. The young man’s mobile was unreachable, when his family tried to contact him.
‘We hope his body is in the nearby hospital and we request the administration to bring it back for the last rites,’ Ramesh said.
The deceased belongs to a poor family and left behind his old parents, two children and wife.
‘We hope the government will make arrangements to bring his body to the village,’ his wife Geeta said.
‘After conducting an inquiry, we have submitted a report to the district Collector,’ said district labour officer, Siba Narayan Sahoo.
Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange has also written a letter to the state labour commission, requesting them to intervene and bring back the body of the immigrant labourer to his native village.