Hyderabad: Mohammed Fasiuddin, a native of Mahabubnagar district, went to Poland in May 2017 and has been working there since as a pizza delivery boy.

“In September 2019, one person approached him asking to take a loan from the bank and he gave the account number thinking he will get the money which he can send home. He didn’t realise his account will be used for a fraudulent purpose. After a few days, police arrested him and put him in jail,” said Mohammed Najamuddin.

Fasiudin went to Poland with his friends to work there in some company but finding no openings in any of the firms, he bought a bike and started working as a pizza delivery boy.

He was arrested in October 2019. On October 21, he spoke to his family members and after that, he did not contact them. Worried over his whereabouts, his family contacted his friends in Poland and called up the Indian Embassy in Poland.

On March 6, 2020, the family received a message from the Indian Embassy that Mohammed Fasiuddin has been arrested by the Poland police and is in jail for financial fraud and that the Indian embassy had provided him with some legal help too.

“It is nearly a year since my son is languishing in Poland jail. Whenever he is calling us, he is crying a lot and requesting us to get him released. He is my only son and ours is a very poor family. My husband is a lorry driver working in a remote area in Mahbubnagar,”

Fasiuddin’s family has requested S. Jaishankar, minister of external affairs, Government of India, to provide legal help and asked to also ensure that he returns home.

“We don’t have money to pay to the lawyers in Poland. We are dependent on the Embassy and their help. We want him back and we are planning to get him married after his return. Poland is too far for us and we can’t even imagine going there and meeting him. It is saddening that he is not there here when his mother is suffering from heart disease,” said his father, Mohammed Najamuddin.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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