Gulf firm sacks Kerala man over insensitive comments on floods

Dubai: A Gulf firm sacked a man from Kerala after he made insensitive remarks on a social media post regarding the plight of the victims in the flood-hit state recently.

Lulu Group International dismissed Rahul Cheru Palayattu, who worked as a cashier at the company’s Oman branch after he mocked the sanitation requirements of the flood victims in Kerala on Facebook, reports Dubai-based Khaleej Times.

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His termination letter by the firm’s Human Resource Manager, Nasr Mubarak Salem Al Maawali read, “This is to inform that we have terminated your service with immediate effect because of your highly insensitive and derogatory comments on social media with regard to current flood situation in Kerala, India.”

After receiving the letter, Rahul apologised by posting a video on Facebook on Sunday, “I am really sorry for what I did. I was in an inebriated state when I posted that message. At that time I did not know what I did was a grave mistake.”

In a statement, Chief Communications Officer (CCO) of Lulu group V Nandakumar said, “We took immediate steps to terminate his services and send out a very loud and clear message to the society about our stance in such issues. We as an organization have always stood for humanitarian values and highest ethical practices.”

Owner of Lulu group, MA Yusuff Ali, who is also from Kerala, donated 9.23 million UAE dirhams for relief operations in the flood-hit state.

Extending their support to the people affected by flash floods in Kerala, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government on Saturday formed a committee to provide relief to the southern state.