Indian man on visit visa goes missing in Dubai; friends appeal for help

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on November 4, 2020

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The man was last seen at the Persian Cluster in International City, wearing a blue polo shirt, black track pants and a black mask.

The community is appealing for help in finding a 31-year-old Indian man who has reportedly been missing in Dubai since October 31.

Ashik Chenoth Thurummal, a Kerala native, arrived in the UAE on a visit visa on October 15. He was waiting to complete a 14-day quarantine before he could join work as a salesman in an Abu Dhabi supermarket.

He was last seen near his residence at the Persian Cluster in International City, wearing a blue polo shirt, black track pants and a black mask. He is nearly five feet, 10 inches tall and has a slightly dark complexion.

His friends and flatmates said he may be suffering from slight depression. However, they are not sure about the exact reason behind his depression.

Ahsan CA, a Dubai resident and the individual who filed the missing complaint, told Khaleej Times: “He was living in an apartment with my brother and another flatmate. He is my brother’s friend. When he left home, he did not take anything with him.”

According to Ahsan, Ashik left his original passport, phone, wallet, and other belongings at home.

“He (Ashik) does not have any psychological issues. He did seem depressed and was under a lot of stress. He had some problems at home, but that was a while ago. We have no idea where he could have gone,” he added.

Since Ashik does not have any relatives in the UAE, his friends and flatmates have reached out to Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) and the Consulate-General of India in Dubai for help.

“We have mailed all the details about Ashik to the consulate. They have promised to assist us in finding him,” said Ahsan.

Anwar Naha, former president of KMCC and a social worker, said: “We have informed the police; however, an official complaint is yet to be registered. We have also informed the Indian Consulate about this case. Usually, only relatives or employers of a missing person can file a missing person report. Since he is here on a visit visa, matters get tricky.”

Naha added: “However, we are in touch with the police and they have completed their preliminary rounds of investigation. They have checked all the CCTV cameras in the vicinity as well. His friends have also visited all the hospitals and police stations in the area as well.”

Anyone who may have any information on Ashik’s whereabouts may contact Ahsan CA on 055-8270999.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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