By: Joseph Benny

MUSCAT: The decomposing body of an Indian national was found in Sohar on Monday from a secluded spot. The body is said to have been at the spot for nearly a week before it was found.

The deceased has been identified as Vijaya Kumar Viswambharan, holder of the Indian passport (F8005406).

Identifying the body took time in the absence of a passport or a residence card. A copy of his passport was traced and the body identified, said P M Jabir, social welfare secretary of the Indian Social Club.

“A distant relative of the deceased living in Muscat has come forward to identify the body. He will now have to identify it before the police,” Jabir said.

Viswambharan’s passport has not been traced, Jabir said.

The native of Kerala in India had been doing odd jobs to make a living and support his family. His visa too had expired.

“In the absence of any travel document, an Emergency Certificate (EC) or an outpass will have to be obtained from the Indian Embassy in consultation with the police,” Jabir said.

“Hospital authorities will take a call on if the body can be repatriated,” he added. The body has been kept at the Sohar Hospital mortuary.