Pradeep Pattanayak

A man from Kendrapara district, who had gone missing in Dubai, returned Odisha on Monday, thanks to the intervention of BJP National Vice President Baijayant Panda. 

Following a request made by the hapless family members, Panda had written to the Indian Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), seeking the latter’s help in tracing the missing person. Dubai and six other emirates make up the UAE. 

Ajit, brother of Sukant Biswal of Khadipal village under Pattamundai block in Kendrapara district, had gone to Dubai years ago. He worked as a plumber with a company in the Gulf Sheikhdom. 

Family members said Ajit was supposed to return home on December 30 last year. For the mandatory Covid-19 test, his swab samples were taken and reports came out to be positive. Sushant Sahu, one of his colleagues, also tested positive for the infection. Both were admitted to a private hospital in Dubai. Two days later, Ajit was shifted to another hospital. 
After recovery, Sushant launched a frantic search for Ajit but failed to locate the latter. Subsequently, he informed Ajit’s family about his disappearance.

Back in Odisha, the worried family members tried everything to contact him but failed. Then they took up the matter with Baijayant Panda, requesting his intervention. 

Panda contacted the Indian Embassy in the UAE and made the family reunion possible. 

On Ajit’s arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) on Monday, his family members thanked Baijayant Panda for extending all helps. 

“If not for the help of Baijayant sir, the return of Ajit wouldn’t have been possible. We were too much worried after failing to contact Ajit. Then the idea of contacting Baijayant sir occurred to us,” said Sukant. 

“Baijayant sir contacted the Indian Embassy in the UAE and the Embassy in turn contacted the company where Ajit worked. It was then the company officials contacted the hospital authorities where Ajit underwent treatment. They then took steps to send him back to India,” he added. 

However, Ajit couldn’t say much about his disappearance. “I went to Dubai in 2005. I didn’t know what happened to me. I can only recollect that I my limbs went numb. Then I was admitted to a hospital,” recounted Ajit.