Passport loss: Indian woman dies at Muscat airport

Last Updated: Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 21:50

Dubai: An Indian woman, who was stranded at
Muscat airport for five days after losing her passport, has
died due to possible cardiac arrest which doctors felt was
caused by severe mental trauma.

40-year-old Keralite Beebi Lumada, a housemaid who was
travelling from Muscat to Chennai via Doha by a Qatar Airways
flight last week, lost her passport while in transit at the
Doha airport, the `Gulf News` reported.

When her passport was not found, she was sent back to
Muscat, the port of origin. Lumada, who hailed from Kerala,
wanted to go back to her home city Thiruvananthapuram.

The housemaid, who died on her way to hospital, had
cancelled her Oman residence visa and since she did not carry
her passport she was not allowed to re-enter Muscat.

"We informed immigration about the situation and also
intimated the Indian embassy on Monday," an official was
quoted by the newspaper as saying.

"We were given repeated assurances that the embassy
officials would come and visit the stranded passenger but
there was no visit even after requests from the airport
police," the airline officials were quoted as saying.

The airline even tried in vain to contact the stranded
passenger`s sponsor.

One of the officials said that since Muscat Airport does
not have a hotel in the transit area, Qatar Airways provided
food, drinks, a blanket and all the necessary help to make
Beebi comfortable.

According to the report, the stranded passenger
apparently began to get delusional.

A senior doctor with the government hospital said that
it is possible that the severe mental trauma caused a cardiac
arrest.

Indian ambassador Anil Wadhwa told the newspaper that it
was sad that Lumada lost her life before an exit pass could be
issued for her departure.

"It is sad that procedural delay delayed help for the
stranded passenger," he said.

The victim`s relatives in India have been informed and
arrangement is being made to send her body back.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 21:50

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