Una man wrongly buried in Saudi Arabia; efforts on to get mortal remains back

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A Himachal Pradesh Congress MLA on Tuesday raised the issue of the mortal remains of a Hindu man hailing from the state being wrongly buried in Saudi Arabia as per Muslim custom, following which Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said in the Assembly that he would take up the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs.

Thakur extended condolences to the man’s family and regretted his burial which is against his religious custom. The chief minister also said the state government would explore options to bring back his mortal remains.

According to the Congress legislator, Una-resident Sanjeev Kumar died due to cardiac arrest on January 24 in Saudi Arabia where he had been working for three years.

Subsequently, the family also approached the Indian Embassy for bringing his body back to India but didn’t get any response, he added.

The man’s wife has also approached the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to take steps to urgently exhume the remains and repatriate them to India in a time-bound manner.

The court said the case was “unfortunate” and directed the MEA officer concerned to appear before it on the next date of hearing on March 18 to apprise it about the update on steps taken and status on transportation of mortal remains of the deceased.