Indian man runs into Sharjah Airport runway to catch plane to meet fiancee

An Indian man sneaked into Sharjah International Airport runway to catch plane to meet fiancée. The 26-year-old, identified as RK, was arrested by the Sharjah Police and was believed to be a civil engineer who climbed the airport wall and breached the runway, in an attempt to board a plane without his passport or a ticket.

The accused engineer stated that he wanted to travel back to India to meet his fiancée and he is a free man and have freedom to do whatever he wants. He was spotted by a luggage loader, after which he was arrested and taken into police custody in minutes and subsequently released on bail.

During hearing at Sharjah Sharia Court he said that he left all his belonging back in his flat and took his wallet and went to airport at night and climbed the fence and sneaked on to the runway, to try and enter a plane without buying a ticket as his passport was being kept by the company he worked for. He decided to take the chance to either try to travel without his passport or if caught in the process get tried in court, get his passport and be deported from the country anyway.

He told that he was in a grave situation in the UAE as he loved his fiancée but was unable to go meet her. He claimed he had approached his company over 15 times to get permission for a visit home, but his relative who also manages the firm refused to give him permission as his parents didn’t approve their match and he only wanted to get married after getting permission from family only.

RK added that he had no regrets at having to face legal action now, but only wants to be free to go home and get married after everything has blown over. Legal consultant explained that ordinary people are not authorised to enter prohibited places such as the airport and if found guilty, they can be jailed for up to five years and fined Dh100,000.

He said he was angry at the fact that his company held his passport against his will, in violation of the UAE law which states that passports should only be held by the employer for a limited period, while renewing or cancelling visas and if done otherwise, it’s a clear violation of the international and UAE labour laws.

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