TWO Indian businessmen, who have been missing since last week, reportedly “fled” the country as they owed thousands of dinars to clients, it has emerged.
According to their sponsor, brothers Krishnan and Madhu Nair have travelled to India, as confirmed by Bahrain International Airport officials.
The GDN reported yesterday that the men were last seen in Manama on Friday.
They had been running AlHammad Building Materials, a store on Lulu Road supplying construction materials, and were under the sponsorship of Ahmed Bahraini Yusuf.
“I was surprised to hear that these men went missing as they had a good reputation in the community and people respected them,” Mr Yusuf told the GDN yesterday.
“I believe they had financial issues, closed the shop and left the country.
“One of them (Krishnan Nair) had left a letter in the shop; the two left behind no personal documents that would reveal their identity.
“The letter was in an Indian language and I learn it was addressed to me, thanking me and saying that he (Mr Nair) had not done anything wrong.
“I trusted them so much that I took a BD5,000 loan in my name and I still have six months’ instalments to pay BD308 per month.
“I contacted Bahrain International Airport and they confirmed that the brothers had travelled to India on a one-way ticket.
“Apparently they owed over BD30,000 to people from whom they took materials for their business.”
The men, according to sources, hail from Alappuzha, Kerala.
“One person told me that he plans to travel to their home on Sunday to see if they have reached there,” said Mr Yusuf.
“They have been working for years with me, and I don’t know why they did this – it was an embarrassment for me.
“I am trying to find a solution (for the people who are owed money) and we might reopen the shop.”