French national Peter Miguel, who was found begging near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) last week after his travel documents and money was allegedly stolen in the city, registered a complaint with the CST police station on Monday.
Senior inspector Bapu Thomre of CST railway police told HT that Miguel (31) approached the police on Monday with a letter from the Consulate General of France's office. Joseph Decruz, officiating representative for the Consul General's office delivered the letter to the police, urging the later to register a complaint in order to facilitate the consulate issue a fresh visa to Miguel. Advocate RN Salhi who had 'rescued' Miguel from starvation and begging and later took him to the consul general's office, also accompanied Miguel.
"We have registered a complaint and further inquiries are on," Thombre said adding that the police were trying to ascertain whether Miguels belongings were actually stolen or he had lost them during his journey from Goa to Mumbai by train.
Thombre said that the police checked with the immigration officials at the international airport which confirmed Miguel's arrival in Mumbai on December 31. "He came to Mumbai from Paris by an Air France flight via Geneva. Following his arrival here, he had gone to Kerala and Goa and then came back to Mumbai," Thombre added.
Though Miguel was under the impression that his visa had expired, investigation had revealed that it was suppsed to expire in June 2007. "Miguel was issued a tourist visa on December 31. It was valid for the next six months," he added.
Meanwhile, advocate Salhi conveyed his and Miguel' gratitude to HT which first broke the story about the plight of the foreign national (February 3) who was forced to beg on the streets of Mumbai after his luggage was stolen on his arrival here on February one.
He said the police swung into action after the news appeared in HT and traced Miguel. The Azad Maidan police then asked Miguel to approach the railway police to lodge the complaint.
Nevertheless, Salhi, who took up the human cause despite apprehensions of harassment from the police (for helping a foreigner who had not informed the police despite losing his travel documents), appeared relaxed on Monday. "Now that the matter has already appeared in the media, I have little to fear," Salhi said adding that the consul general's office had promised him to arrange Miguel's travel documents and send him back to France 'very soon'.
He said that the consul general's office had agreed to accomodate Miguel at it's Nariman Point office till his fresh travel documents were issued.