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Odia expatriate’s body lying in UAE morgue for two years !


Dubai, May 1 :

 The body of an expatriate Indian from Odisha has been lying in a morgue in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the last two years as his family members refused to claim his body, media reported Wednesday.

Bharat Kumar Behera, 37, from the Indian state of Odisha, died reportedly due to a cardiac arrest in June 2012 and his body has been lying in the morgue of Shaikh Khalifa Hospital in Abu Dhabi ever since, Gulf News reported Wednesday. 

Behera was initially reported missing by his family, and his body was identified by an Indian embassy official in October 2013.

Later, the embassy followed the case for repatriation and contacted Behera’s family in Odisha.

“We have contacted the family several times. But they are neither willing to accept the body nor give us permission to cremate it,” the news report quoted an embassy official as saying. 

The official said the family is living in denial and is refusing to believe that Behra is dead.

The official said the family maintained that the body could be of somebody else.

Behera worked as a technician at Pivot Engineering and General Contracting Company in Abu Dhabi, the report said.

He died following a heart attack after he collapsed on the roadside. 

The embassy also tried bringing Behera’s family to the UAE, but to no avail.



  1. I am the brother in law of Mr. Bharat kumar Behera.

    I need a reporter to talk to so please give me your no or call me I am staying in mumbai. The UAE Embassy after a long period of 2 years says that the dead body is of Mr Bharat without any proof. How can we accept this and most important, if someone goes to verify, how a dead body can be verified after 2 years ? And who will be responsible for the security of person who goes for verification ?

    Please help me , talk to me. I am a fellow Indian and my family is suffering a lot after Bharat Kumar Behera went missing and is believed to have died.

    • Thanks Mr Jitendra. We have already spoken with you and are doing the needful : OST Desk

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