Kuwait city: Pilgrims who came to perform Umrah and lost their passport were given new passports by the consulate.
Once the paperwork from Kuwait embassy in Jeddah is cleared, the pilgrims will be able to return. They are expected to be able to return to Kuwait in one week.
The 52-member Indian team including 21 Malayalis lost their passports when they came to the holy Umrah Mecca. With the help of social activists, the group contacted the Indian consulate in Jeddah following which the team received new passports.
The team including women and children had left for Mecca on April 3 and reached there on April 4. Once they crossed the border, the bus driver collected all the passports and kept them inside a bag. He later gave the bag at the hotel for safekeeping. However, the passports were lost due to the negligence of the hotel staff.
The team members were given passports with one-year validity. The passports were issued based on the FIR registered by the Saudi Arabian police and Saudi territorial department’s report confirming their entry into the county.
After a few more documents are cleared by the embassy, the team will be able to return to Kuwait where they work. Mutawafs in charge of the groups have contacted the Kuwait embassy to get the documents cleared.
Mecca KMCC leaders Kunjumon Kayikka and Mujeeb Pookkottur were helping the Umrah pilgrims and spearheading the distribution of passports along with representatives of the consulate today.