EIGHT MONTHS after his death in Riyadh, body of a man who belonged to UP’s Ambedkar Nagar district, finally reached his family Monday. The deceased, Munni Lal (40), had gone to Riyadh in January, 2015 and worked as an oil tanker driver until his death in December.
Munni Lal’s family at Nariyaon village in Jahangirganj area in Ambedkar Nagar alleged that despite repeated attempts to retrieve his body from Riyadh, they did not get any help from the government or the district administration. It was only the Indian Embassy at Riyadh which contacted the family and succeeded in sending the body of the deceased to Lucknow airport on Sunday. Munni Lal’s younger brother Chunni Lal was contacted by the airport authorities, following which the body was brought to his native village on Monday.
“We did not get help from district administration, local politicians or even External Affairs Ministry. The Indian Embassy in Riyadh, however, responded to our letter. We had requested the Indian Embassy that we did not have money to fly to Riyadh and complete the formalities for bringing the body,” said Chunni Lal.
He added that they had no information on where Munni Lal’s body had been preserved in Riyadh, nor had they got any document related to the cause of his death. “A day before his death, Munni Lal had talked to his wife Pushpa Devi and complained of feeling unwell and not being sanctioning leave by his employer to take rest. On December 27, we got a call from one Meraj, a co-worker, who told us that Munni had suffered a severe pain in his chest and died later,” said Chunni.
“We do not know the exact reason behind such a long delay in sending the body here. The Embassy had asked for documents related to Munni Lal’s citizenship and we had sent them all,” said the deceased’s brother.
Munni Lal is survived by his wife, Pushpa and their three children, the eldest one being a 17-year-old girl.