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Two Malayalis Languish in Maldives Jail

Published: 06th August 2014 08:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2014 09:05 AM   |  A+A-

KOTTAYAM: The relatives of two Malayali men, who were jailed in Maldives for the past few months, have petitioned the authorities for help to free them. K B Rajesh (33), a Lab Technician from Areekkara near Veliyannoor in Kottayam district and Jayachandran, a teacher from Malappuram district, were imprisoned in connection with two different cases a couple of months ago. Both had been working in Maldives for several years.

Rajesh, who had been working at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Maldives for past five years, has been in jail for last six months.

The incident that led to his imprisonment happened on February 2. A Mali woman had approached the lab, where Rajesh was working, for a blood test. Rajesh and another technician were on duty at that time. After the blood test, Rajesh’s partner prepared a report and he approved it.

However, later on, in another test it was found that the woman was HIV positive. It was found that the first report was erroneous.  After the incident, Rajesh was sent on compulsory leave by his superiors and they also seized his passport. Later on, in a press conference the hospital authorities singled out Rajesh as being responsible for the fiasco. Police arrested him the following day.Rajesh has been living in Maldives with his wife and four-year-old son for the past five years.

His wife Manju, who is a nurse, approached the First Secretary of the High Commission of India to highlight her husband’s plight. She claimed that the case was a fabricated one. It was pointed out that neither the victim nor her family have filed any complaints. 

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