Mentally disturbed Nepali goes missing in Saudi Arabia

Published On: February 10, 2017 12:00 AM NPT By: Shankar Shrestha

DHADING, Feb 10: A young man, who had gone to Saudi Arabia in search of employment, has been missing since mid-December.

Asman Gurung of Dhading went to Saudi Arabia seven months ago but unfortunately he suffered from mental disorder. He has been out of contact since December 17.

Gurung was working as a waiter in one of the hotels in Riyad. His family members in Nepal came to know about his condition after another Nepali in the Gulf nation spotted the mentally disturbed Gurung and posted his picture on Facebook, according to his elder brother Sakram.  After hearing the news, family members of the lost man have been visiting the District Administration Office, Dhading and many other organizations to seek help. 

Narayan Katwal, who is currently working in Saudi Arabia, found Asman walking along the roadside in Riyad. When he realized that the mentally unstable person was his compatriot, he posted a picture of Gurung on Facebook with a caption: “If anyone knows this friend, who cannot speak and hardly recognizes people please inform me. We found him along a roadside in Riyad and he was not well so we kept him with us for two days.

But, unfortunately he ran away on the third day,” wrote Katwal.  According to him, he even sought the help of police so that he could hand him to the embassy but could not find him.
Sakram pleaded the Information and Counseling Center (ICC), Dhading to find out the condition of his brother. Ganga Subedi of ICC said, “We have already requested the Nepali Embassy in Saudi Arabia and an organization called PNCC to find him.”

Asman, who is married, has a four-month-old daughter whom he has not yet seen. His wife urged the administration to find him. “He didn't listen to me when I told him not to go there,” she said. 

Earlier, when he was in contact he kept telling his family members how he keeps fainting due to workload. 

“We were really worried about his health and we went to the manpower company to help him and they promised to take care of him. That assurance gave us great relief but we are very much worried again,” said Sakram. 

It has been found that he went abroad through a Jwalakhel-based manpower company called Oxford International Pvt Ltd.


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