Hunt for missing NRI in Bahrain
A campaign has been launched to find Chandra Rajarajan who went missing 15 years ago.india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 15:52 IST
An Indian association in Bahrain has launched a campaign in a bid to trace an Indian man who went missing 15 years ago after running away from his employer.
Relatives of Chandra Rajarajan, who would now be aged 36, are also appealing to everyone to come forward with whatever information they may have about him.
According to a report in The Gulf Daily News newspaper, Rajarajan came to Bahrain to work as a houseboy for a Bahraini family in West Riffa when he was a teenager.
However, he ran away in 1991 and has not been heard since then, Surya Charitable and Cultural Association's K.R. Nair was quoted as saying.
The association is now spearheading the search for Rajarajan after a request by his family in Chennai, the report said.
Nair urged the missing man to come forward, promising that the association would help solve any problems he may be facing and reunite him with his family.
"He has been missing for the last 15 years and his family has been waiting to hear from him since then," Nair told the newspaper.
"Rajarajan came to work as a houseboy and has been missing since he escaped from his employer. We do not know the problems he is facing.
"We ask him if he is anywhere around to come and seek help so that we can find a solution to his problem rather than making his family suffer back home.
"We are ready to stand by him through any problem but we want him to be reunited with his family," Nair said.
It was through the newspaper that Nair heard about the mysterious disappearance of Rajarajan.
He then met a friend of the family, Chandra Shanmugham, at the Indian embassy in Adliya. Shanmugham, who comes from the same town as Rajarajan, had gone to the embassy to report that Rajarajan was missing.
"My family contacted me after Rajarajan's family came to our house in India seeking help," said Shanmugham.
"I did not know how to go about it, but the association has been kind enough to put forward this appeal.
"We are thankful the association has taken up our case and we hope something fruitful comes out of it."
Indians, most of who come on work contracts, comprise 19 percent of Bahrain's population of over 688,000.