Press Esc to close
Tuesday 30 August 2016
News updated at 12:45 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27.4°C
Min : 20.8°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Facebook helps establish identity of Indian in Saudi Arabia

Dubai, Dec 17, 2013 (PTI)
Dhanigaivel Gunasekaran at a hospital in Jeddah. Courtesy: http://sentamilmandram.com

An Indian man suffering from brain tumor and amnesia has been identified three months after he was found in an unconscious state in front of the Indian Consulate in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, courtesy Facebook.

Dhanigaivel Gunasekaran from Villipuram district in Tamil Nadu was identified after some Tamil community organisations posted his picture on Facebook, the Arab News reported.
Gunasekaran's photo was shared by over 8,000 people and one of the them recognised him.

The report said that Indian Consulate officials found Gunasekaran in October and referred him to a private hospital for treatment, where he was diagnosed as suffering from brain tumor and subsequent loss of memory.

He was unable to recall his name, home town, sponsor's name or passport particulars, posing a challenge to Indian authorities who were trying to establish details to facilitate his return.

Even though Saudi government's amnesty was in effect, Gunasekaran couldn't take advantage of it because of the lack of identity.

The Indian Consulate then roped in some Tamil community organisations.

One such organisation, Sentamil Nala Mandaram, managed to establish his identity through Facebook and also traced his family, the report said.

Gunasekaran's wife had photo copies of his visa-endorsed passport, and based on these documents, the Consulate contacted officials in India who traced the manpower agent who sent Gunasekaran to Saudi Arabia.

According to the report, Indian Consul General Faiz Ahmed Kidwai then took up the matter with Taif Governor Fahd Moaamer who in turn summoned the sponsor and arranged for Gunasekaran's return.

The Indian mission paid his medical bill as also the penalty at the Passport Office in Taif and airfare to India.

Kidwai also requested the Tamil Nadu government to provide the man with medical attention on his arrival in Chennai. He has since been admitted to a hospital, the report said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar with Hollywood actor Will Smith during a party in Mumbai...

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar with Hollywood actor Will Smith during a party in Mumbai...

An artisian paints the idol of Lord Ganesha ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi at Beawar in Rajasthan...

An artisian paints the idol of Lord Ganesha ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi at Beawar in Rajasthan...

Kareena Kapoor showcases a creation by designer Sabyasachi grand finale show of Lakme Fashion Week..

Kareena Kapoor showcases a creation by designer Sabyasachi grand finale show of Lakme Fashion Week..

Alphorn musicians perform in Nesselwang, southern Germany, Sunday...

Alphorn musicians perform in Nesselwang, southern Germany, Sunday...

Britney Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden....

Britney Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden....

Awardees at the National Sports and Adventure Award 2016 function at Rashtrapati Bhawan...

Awardees at the National Sports and Adventure Award 2016 function at Rashtrapati Bhawan...

MNS party members staging a protest against ban on sale of meat for four days during festival...

MNS party members staging a protest against ban on sale of meat for four days during festival...

Bollywood actor Zayed Khan during a promotional event in Jaipur on Monday...

Bollywood actor Zayed Khan during a promotional event in Jaipur on Monday...

Women attack a fire vehicle after death of two persons in a fire due to alleged negligence...

Women attack a fire vehicle after death of two persons in a fire due to alleged negligence...

Siddharth Malhotra and actress Katrina Kaif share a light moment at Sabarmati river...

Siddharth Malhotra and actress Katrina Kaif share a light moment at Sabarmati river...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523