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Man 'duped' by agent wants to return home.

A MAN is seeking assistance from the Indian Embassy to go back home after he was allegedly duped by an agent in India.

Lakshman Narayana, from Andhra Pradesh, claims he paid 150,000 rupees (BD1,400) to an agent in Mumbai to come to Bahrain in 2003.

The 42-year-old claimed during the Open House that his passport was held by an agent at the airport, who handed him another passport (a fake one) to travel.

The agent also told him that a man would pick him from the airport and take him to the accommodation and explain the work next day.

When he arrived at the airport, an Indian - probably the agent - approached him and held his passport and ticket.

He also asked him to wait near the gate as he would bring a taxi to take him to the accommodation, but never came back.

"The agent in India took the money and said he would meet me at the airport," said Mr Narayana, who could barely speak Hindi.

"When I met him at the airport, he took my original passport and told me that time is over and I have to go to the immigration.

"He then pushed me to the immigration and after clearing it, I went inside the plane. I didn't know what happened but I was given a green light to board the plane.

"I was lucky to reach Bahrain and clear the immigration here.

"I was cheated by the agent, who promised that his man (agent in Bahrain) would assist and take me with him.

"But he didn't help me, instead he took my documents and passport.

"He asked me to wait as he would bring a taxi so we can go together. I waited for hours and no-one came to pick me up.

"I was at the airport for two days without food and a proper place to sleep.

"I slept on the rough floor and didn't eat anything until I met a man from Hyderabad, who took me to his house in Manama.

"Since then I don't have any documents and have been working for different companies to survive."

Mr Narayana said he wants to leave Bahrain because his wife and children want him to come back.

He said he wants to go back as there is no-one to take care of his younger brother Rajana's three children, as he and his wife Bagia died last month.

"My brother died of natural cause and his wife died of cancer," he added.

"I got the news from my wife, who is very upset, as she has to take care of our three children and those of my brother.

"She is asking me to come back, so I can help her. But I don't know how I can go home, as I don't have any document."

Embassy officials said they could help Mr Narayana leave through an outpass, but the case is too complicated.

"He claims he has a copy of the original passport. But there is no evidence with the Bahrain government that he arrived here as he used a fake passport," a spokesman said.

"We are trying to help him as much as possible.

"We need to prove his nationality and then maybe we can do something."

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Oct 31, 2010
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