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Body of man who died in Saudi Arabia returns after 54 days

Body of man who died in Saudi Arabia returns after 54 days

Greater Noida: Agonised cries filled his house and tears were running down hundreds of eyes, after the body of 27-year-old Irfan – who died of electrocution in Dammam city of Saudi Arabia – was finally handed over to his family after a wait of nearly two months.

The family had gone through a tough struggle and the exhausting wait of 54 days had shattered them. Finally, they received the body on Monday morning and his last rites were performed at their village in Dankaur area of Greater Noida.

As per an official, the family reached Delhi airport at around 7 am to receive his body and it was handed over to them at around 9 am after all formalities. The body was brought back home after which his final rites were performed.

Nazim, Irfan's father told Millennium Post that they had been struggling to get the body back but due to financial crisis and necessary formalities, it got delayed.

"Irfan was the sole bread winner of the family and had gone to Saudi for better earning around four months ago for a contract of 24 months. The news came as a shocker to us while each day that we passed in the wait to get the body was even more painful," said Nazim.

He further said that Irfan's son still believes that his father is alive and will return from Saudi after two years.

Irfan is survived by wife Nargis (25) and their six-year-old son Sohail, as well as brother Shamshad (18) and father Nizam (55). He had moved to Saudi in July this year and was working as a driver.

Working in Dammam city, Irfan was allegedly electrocuted while trying to turn on a switch to help water the plants inside a private complex.

Irfan's modest family were asked to pay around Rs 1.5 lakh to bring the body via flight.

Authorities said that the delay in handing over the body was due to an ongoing investigation by local authorities. However, after their local MLA and government officials came forward for help, the body was finally brought back to India and handed over to the family.

The family also thanked the local authorities for help, as they played a vital role in supporting the family and taking them to the Saudi embassy.

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