Indian man who walked 1,000km flies home

ar-161209923-jpgmaxw780imageversion16by9ncs_modified20161201194552It was the perfect National Day gift for Indian national Jagannathan Selvaraj, who walked 1,000km for justice. On Thursday, Selvaraj flew home to be with his loved ones in India, thanks to the intervention of the Human Rights Department of Dubai Police, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indian consular officials. “Justice has prevailed in Dubai,” said the Indian worker, who lauded this newspaper for publishing the story. He was also effusive in his praise for Dubai Police.

Media in India and the UAE picked up the story, and Dubai Police swung into action and tracked him down. He was then taken to a facility from where he was located by Indian officials after Swaraj tweeted that she had asked Indian mission officials to help him.

Indian Consulate and the Indian Workers Resources Center (IWRC) confirmed s that Selvaraj had flown back to Chennai on an Air India flight. He will then proceed to Tiruchirapalli, his home town.

“I am very happy. My employer has returned my passport and a ticket has been arranged by the Indian Consulate Dubai,” said an elated Selvaraj, a carpenter by profession. “People in this country are so generous, their genorosity knows no bounds. Two years ago I could not go to India and attend my mothers funeral. Thanks to Dubai, I am able to go back to India,” he said.



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