Hyderabad: Vontari Narsareddy, a resident of Sirnapally village in Indalwai mandal of Nizamabad district, Telangana State, died in an accident at the workplace on 1 November 2020 in Saudi Arabia. Tomorrow, which is 8 February, will mark the 100th day since his mortal remains have not been repatriated from Saudi Arabia.

A writ petition was filed in the High Court of Telangana by Vontari Laxmi, wife of the deceased and Swadesh Parkipandla, President, Pravasi Mithra Labour Union, seeking immediate repatriation of the mortal remains in a coffin from Saudi Arabia to India. The bench of Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili will hear the case on 8 February.

On 5 November 2020, the family members of the deceased sent petitions to the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi, the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the NRI Cell of the Telangana government requesting to repatriate Narsareddy's mortal remains. They also requested MLA, MLC, MPs and the Ministers of State government and Central Government. This was three months ago.

The family members, Swadesh Parkipandla and other leaders met P. Shashi Kiran, leading human rights activist and advocate of the High Court. As per the advice of the advocate, they applied for a writ petition in the High Court. After that, they submitted a petition to the Official of Ministry of External Affairs, Mukesh Koushik.

In the writ petition filed on 4 February, the secretary, the Ministry of external affairs, Government of India and the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are the respondents. The petitioners sought directions to the Government of India to take steps to send the body from Saudi to India immediately.

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