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UAE: Paralyzed and debt-ridden Indian expats are eager to return home-News

UAE: Paralyzed and debt-ridden Indian expats are eager to return home-News


No one can help the 56-year-old man, only a Pakistani friend helps him move around.

After living and working in the United States for 21 years, 56-year-old Mohammed Abdul Waheed Khan moved to the UAE in 2014, hoping to start his own hotel business.

Khan is a former employee of Wells Fargo Bank in San Fernando Valley, California. He holds a green card. His three children are all US citizens.

“I went to the United States when I was 19 years old. I moved to the UAE because I wanted to live and do business in a Muslim country,” Khan told Khaleej Times. Unfortunately, the fate of this Indian expatriate from Hyderabad has taken a cruel turn.

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After being cheated by his former business partner, Khan’s dream was not realized, which caused his health to deteriorate. In addition to several lawsuits, he is now suffering from advanced renal failure, secondary to long-term hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Due to partial paralysis of the lower limbs, the foreigner is now a wheelchair user. Since his family is currently trapped in India, Khan lives in a hotel apartment in Bur Dubai, which is paid for by his friends and family at home.

“No one here can help me. The only one who takes care of me is my Pakistani friend Mohammed Mahmoud, who runs a textile shop in Meena Bazaar in Bur Dubai. I am at his mercy. After going to the toilet, I even need help to get up. , And he has been helping me through it all,” Khan said.

A series of unfortunate events

Khan cooperated with another compatriot businessman and rented a hotel in Deira. “We have a restaurant and catering business in India. I think I will start a similar business here. I signed a contract with two partners, leased it for three years, and issued 12 cheques, each worth of 800,000 dirhams,” he explained.

“Soon after, I found out that my Indian partner was in jail for different legal issues he faced. Since then, I have never heard from him. The rent for the first three months should be paid by him,” he said.

“The property was never officially handed over to me, and I could never activate it. However, the third partner deposited the cheques I gave, and anyway, it caused them to be returned, and I have been in legal trouble ever since.”

Khan’s legal representative, Malik Shahzad, is the legal counsel and administrative director of Ahmed Al Husaini Lawyers and Legal Consultants. He told Khaleej Times, “We have represented Khan for a year and a half. He had to stop serving us because he no longer bears the burden. I can’t afford their expenses. However, I met him a few months ago and saw his situation, we decided to help him free of charge.”

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According to Shahzad, many of the people Khan does business with have deceived him, leading to his current situation.

Khan has three bounced cheques against him. However, he can lift the travel ban on him by paying an unpaid fine to the court.

“His current situation is shocking. Once he has paid the legal fine, he can leave. We can make sure that no one will bring any civil lawsuits against him,” Shahzad said.

Medical problem

Khan’s health is also a serious concern. According to his medical records, Khaleej Times saw a copy. In November last year, both of Khan’s kidneys failed, causing him to undergo hemodialysis twice a week.

He was also diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy, which caused weakness in his legs.

“I don’t have medical insurance. For the past two months, Dar al Ber has been paying for my medical expenses in good faith. All other expenses must be borne by me and I cannot afford it,” said the desperate Khan.

“I want to go home to reunite with my family, but I can’t do it because I have to pay an outstanding legal fine of at least AED 48,000. I can’t afford the medical expenses here anymore,” he appealed.

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

Author

Danusha Gukulan

Dhanusha Gokulan is from India and has been working as a journalist for more than ten years. For Khaleej Times, she reports on NRI affairs, civil aviation and immigration issues. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, economics and English literature from Mangalore University in 2008, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in contemporary media leadership and innovation at the American University in Dubai. In her spare time, she gets involved in singing/song writing, loves food, and is the mother of an over-enthusiastic Labrador Retriever. On her Twitter @shootsprintrite.






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