KATHMANDU: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expedited rescue bids for two British researchers of Nepali origin who have gone missing in Qatar since Sunday.
A senior protection official of ICRC, Nepal Office said they have dispatched a tracing request form to the ICRC Office in Kuwait, requesting needful efforts to find the whereabouts of Krishna Upadhyaya (52) and Gundev Ghimire (36).
The duo is missing in Qatar since last Sunday and their relatives have claimed that they were held incommunicado by Qatar police.
The ICRC began its attempts after receiving a letter from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday for the same.
The ICRC said that it sent the request to Kuwait as it does not have any separate office in Qatar. The Kuwait Office looks into the entire Gulf region.
“As per our policy, we will let the family know once we get whereabouts of the victims,” the ICRC official told.
Upadhyaya’s brother-in-law Ramesh Paudel had visited the Minbhawan-based ICRC Office on Thursday afternoon and filled a tracing request form.
Paudel told the Red Cross has also suggested that the wives of the missing persons also fill up similar forms.
“Accordingly I have communicated to London and have requested the women to register the requests at ICRC London Office,” Paudel said.
He believed that the requests from the respective wives could further pressure the concerned authorities to expedite the search operation.
Upadhyaya’s wife Sarita Paudyal and Ghimire’s wife Bandana Ghimire both reside in London.
“Hopefully, they will file the tracing request forms by Sunday,” added Paudel.
Upadhyaya and Ghimire had disappeared on Sunday afternoon while they were investigating into labourers’ situation deployed for constructing facilities for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.
They were employed by a Norwegian organisation, Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD). Both were carrying British passports and were working in cooperation with Nepali diplomats in the Gulf.
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