'Saudi National' a Free Bird Now

Published: 10th December 2015 04:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th December 2015 04:26 AM   |  A+A-

KASARGOD: After two years in Kannur Central Jail, Abdul Basheer Syed Hussain (40) is back to where it all began - in Kasargod police station. Hussain, who claims to be a Saudi national, will spend his first night as a freebird in the station. But police said he has very little knowledge about himself or documents to prove his nationality.

The Kasargod police picked up Hussain loitering in the town on June 11, 2012. He was arrested and indicted under the Foreigners’ Act. But officers soon found out he was mentally unstable and admitted him in Kuthiravattam Government Mental Health Centre in Kozhikode. He was not tried because of his mental ailment.

When the police could not trace his roots, he was shifted to central jail on December 11, 2012. Officers said there was no congruence in what he says or clarity about his identity. Hussain claimed his father was a Pakistani and mother from Bangladesh and he was born in Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking in broken Hindi, he told ‘Express’ on Wednesday that he was born in Pakistan but grew up in Mecca. He said only his mother was alive now.

Police contacted the Saudi Arabian embassy, but it denied Hussain’s claim. In fact, an officer said he could have been deported to Bangladesh by Saudi Arabia for lack of documents.

Kasargod sub-inspector Rajan P V said he was looking for a suitable orphanage to shift him. “We cannot deport him neither can we keep him here,” he said.     

Officers said he was more fluent in Hindi though he speaks Arabic. Intelligence Bureau officials had also questioned him a couple of times in jail but his identity could not be established.


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