Unclaimed body of Indian expatriate in Dubai to be cremated

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Dubai, Jan 31 (UNI) The body of an Indian expatriate, who claimed to have introduced electronic outdoor advertising in the emirate, may soon be cremated after lying unclaimed in a morgue for over two months.

Dubai-based Valley of Love took the initiative after identifying the next of kin of Dr Rasamchetty Venkat Rao and informing them of the tragedy. Rao's nephew has reportedly consented to go ahead with performing the deceased's funeral rites.

''As soon as we learnt about Dr Rasamchetty Venkat Rao's unclaimed body, we tried to locate his kith and kin to inform them of Rao's tragedy,'' C P Mathew of the Valley of Love was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying.

However, Mr Mathew added that the funeral would only be carried out after permission from Dubai police and local authorities.

According to police, Rao died following a cardiac arrest while waiting to be served at a restaurant in Satwa on November 26.

Initial efforts by police and the Indian diplomatic mission in Dubai to locate his family in India had proved in vain, they said.

News clippings found in a bag he was carrying highlighted his various achievements, including that of introducing the first electronic outdoor advertisement hoarding in the UAE in 1981.

A Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, Rao, had received several awards, the clippings revealed.

Meanwhile, B S Mubarak, spokesman for the Indian Consulate in Dubai said yesterday, ''we too are now aware of this case and have also traced Dr Rao's local sponsor.'' An official from the Consulate would go with local police officials to Rao's local residence to help gather more details, he added.

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