No clue on Emirati who went missing
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a 47-year-old Emirati, Saleh Rashed Ali Saleh Al Abdouli, in the south Indian city of Hyderabad since July 29 with both the police and his family totally clueless about how he could have vanished without any trace.
Saleh Al Abdouli, a retired policeman, hails from Fujairah and had arrived in Hyderabad on July 8 on a two-month vacation with his Hyderabadi wife, Imtiaz Banu, and seven children. This was his first visit to India since 1992 when the couple got married in Dubai.
“The family does not know where he has gone. Apparently, he goes for a morning walk everyday for an hour. On July 29 too, he left for his morning walk but did not return. He has been missing since then and we are investigating the case,” Ram Babu said, adding that they had no clue as to where he could have gone.
The sub-inspector said the family had only provided them with a mobile phone photograph of the missing person which was blurred, besides a copy of his passport. “The photographs in the passport and mobile do not match and we are finding it difficult to proceed further,” he said.
Saleh Al Abdouli apparently had Rs22,000 when he disappeared.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Majeed Khan, however, clarified that they had handed over an original colour photograph of his brother-in-law to the police on Monday afternoon.
Asked if the family had any idea of what could have happened, Majeed Khan said: “We have absolutely no clue. We don’t have any suspicion on anybody since this was my brother-in-law’s first visit. He has no friends or foes in the city. Since he landed on July 8, he used to go regularly for the morning walk and on July 29 too, he left home after having tea. The family was resting after Saheri and had no reason to suspect anything. But when he didn’t return after a couple of hours, we got worried and started calling on his Indian mobile phone which we had provided. Subsequently, we realised that the mobile phone was at home.”
Stating that they started searching the entire area (Mehdipatnam and surrounding areas) from 2pm on July 29, he said: “Our main worry was that he only knows Arabic and is new to Hyderabad. Besides the regular morning walks, he also used to go shopping for his needs in the nearby supermarkets. When our search proved futile, we lodged a formal police complaint.
“The family has been tense since 10 days have passed since my brother-in-law went missing. We continue to search for him and have also printed pamphlets with his photographs and pasted them in hotels, shops and even autorickshaws in the area. We are only praying that he returns home safe,” he said, adding that the family had handed over Saleh Al Abdouli’s passport to the UAE Consulate in Hyderabad after informing them of the Emirati’s disappearance on Friday.
Majeed Khan said his brother-in-law took retirement from the Fujairah Police Department in 1996 and that he wanted to see Hyderabad. “Though my sister and children used to visit us every two to three years, it was the first visit for him. The family is scheduled to return to the UAE on September 7 after Eid,” he said.
Stating that the family, the cops and the consulate were doing their bit to track him, Majeed Khan said they had also provided the police with the Indian mobile phone number to enable them check his call list.