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Slain Bihar man’s body lies in Saudi Arabia, his wife prays for help to bring it back

Expatriate worker Mohammad Sohail of Madhubani in Bihar was allegedly stabbed to death by his Pakistani room mate in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

world Updated: Jun 12, 2017 21:33 IST
Avinash kumar
Avinash kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
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At a Madhubani village, a devastated family waits for return of body of its slain bread winner from Saudi Arabia. (HT photo)

A 23 year old woman from Bihar is struggling to find a way to get back the body of her husband who was allegedly stabbed to death by a Pakistani co-worker-cum-room partner, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday

Mahajni, wife of the deceased man, Mohammad Sohail, 28, said she got a call from Saudi Arabia, around 3 pm on Saturday. “The caller informed me that my husband was killed by Mohammad Waqas Ahmad, a Pakistani national, who shared a room with him”, she told HT.

The woman, who lives wit h other members of her (late) husband’s family at Sibotar village in Pandaul block of Madhubani district in north Bihar, said because of extreme poverty her husband was living in the room with three others, including a youth from UP and two Pakistanis, one of whom had stabbed Sohail.

Since then, the family is at its wit’s end, trying to find a way to get Sohail’s body back home.

“The problem is we don’t even known the name of the city in which my husband was residing in Saudi Arabia. All we know is he was engaged by Al-Jazeera Company iand left Mumbai for Saudi Arabia, along with others, on January 13 this year”, said Mahajni.

An agent had helped Sohail reach Saudi Arabia on a visiting visa, about five months ago, she added.

The family now wants external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to facilitate speedy transit of the body through diplomatic channels in Saudi capital Riyadh.

“We also want her to get an inquiry instituted into the murder of Sohail, ensure punishment for the culprit(s) and to take steops to make the Al Jazeera Company pay adequate compensation to us, as next of Sohail’s kin”, said Mahajni.

She expressed hope ministry of external affair moves fast for any delay might prompt the hospital concerned to even dispose of the body. She also claimed Sohail was often humiliated by his Pakistani co-workers and room mates for being Indian.

Mahajni urged the BJP MP from Jhanjharpur in north Bihar, Birendra Choudhary, who met the bereaved family on Monday, to talk to the authorities concerned to help bring Sohail's body home.

Madhubani district magistrate Giriwar Dayal Singh told HT, he would talk to the officials in the ministry of external affairs, and arrange for the body to be brought back to India.

“This is really a very sad end of a family bread winner”, said Sohail’s co-villager Pratik Ranjan.

First Published: Jun 12, 2017 21:33 IST