The Telangana government wrote to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to inquire into the suspicious death of a 40-year old resident of Telangana, who died in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The state government also requested the MEA to help bring back the mortal remains of the victim.
Oraganti Thirupathi, a resident of Jaganathpur in Kumaram Bheem Asifabad district, was working as a stone cutter in Najran. However, on December 28, 2018, his wife, Rajeshwari received a call from one of his roommates that he was lying dead in the house.
Thirupathi's family suspect foul play in his death, and hence demanded the embassy to initiate a probe into his death. They also sought relief from the MEA since Thirupathi was the sole breadwinner of the family with two kids.
Presently, authorities have shifted Thirupathi's body to King Khaled Hospital in Najran.
Speaking to TNM, Thirupathi's brother Oraganti Prabhakar said, "We suspect a foul play in his death. His roommates who called us claim that it seems like a heart attack."
"We want the MEA to help us in bringing back his mortal remains, and also provide some financial assistance to the surviving family members," he added.
He said that Thirupathi first went to Saudi in 2008 and then again in 2014 to work as labourer. "He used to earn Rs 25,000 after toiling for 14 hours a day."
Majlis Bachao Tehreek leader, Amjed Ullah Khan, who is working on such cases, has been assisting the grieving family. Through him, the family members visited the state Secretariat and appealed the authorities to help them.
Meanwhile, in another instance, the Telangana government has written to the Malaysian authorities to safely bring back three persons from Hyderabad who were allegedly duped by a fake visa agent. The employing agent has reportedly seized their documents and had forced them to work for free.