A loss of shop as well as passports

DUBAI — Many shopkeepers in Naif Souq, Deira, are left in the lurch after their passports were lost in a massive blaze that gutted more than 100 shops in the market early yesterday morning.

By Riyasbabu (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Thu 3 Apr 2008, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:45 PM

Shopkeepers said they kept their passports in the shops which were all gutted.

Majeed Theruvath told Khaleej Times that he is in deep trouble as he has lost the passport and other valuable documents in the fire. “I will go to the police station tomorrow and lodge a complaint. I think a letter from the police will help me to get a duplicate passport,” he added.

Sajid Parakandi, another shopkeeper, also said he has lost all his belongings including the passport. “The Kerala Muslim Cultural Society, a social organisation, has offered us help to get duplicate passports. We have to lodge police complaints and go to the Indian consulate for getting the duplicate passports,” said Sajid.

Mohammed, another shopkeeper, lamented that he would miss his sister’s wedding scheduled for next week as he cannot travel to India without the passport.

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