Published September 25, 2012 | 4:39 pm
Abbotsford:A Kabaddi palyer from India, Liakat Ali who was in news after being reported missing from Abbotsford in August has turned up in Montreal.
Const. Ian MacDonald said the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) was notified on Sept. 12 by immigration officials in Quebec that Liakat Ali had contacted them.
Liakat Ali had reportedly came to Canada with a Kabaddi team from India and reportedly deliberately went missing after arriving in Canada to apply for a refugee status in Montreal.
“I believe his purpose is going to be more to deal with his status in Canada, rather than (addressing) our missing-person file,” MacDonald said.
Ali was to participate in a number of kabaddi tournaments across Canada over the summer until his anticipated return to India at the end of this month.
He had already played five of the 10 tournaments.
He was staying in Edmonton until August 9 when arrangements were made for him to travel to Abbotsford to participate in a Kabbadi tournament. After an overnight stay in Kamloops, Ali was provided a ride by a commercial transport driver and dropped at Mt. Lehman Road and Fraser Highway on August 10 to show up at a match.
Ali reportedly planned for someone to pick him up and he was seen getting into a pick-up truck driven by a South Asian man with a turban.
It may be mentioned Kabaddi, a popular game in India was in news for bad reasons as it was alleged that many Kabaddi tournament organizers were making hefty money through human smuggling in name of the game.It was due to such allegations, fewer visas were issued to Indo-Canadian kabaddi players during this season.