Jatin Patel, a resident of Thaltej, was completely shattered when he got the news of the death of his son Shrey in a car accident in Missouri, US. Shrey, 23, was pursuing his master degree in the US. Partik Patel, the uncle of the deceased said “Jatin and his wife Bjial wanted to attend the last rites of their son in the US but the date of Jatin’s passport had expired in July.”
The senior superintendent of the Ahmedabad RPO,Haresh Malani, said that the family approached the regional passport officer, Wren Mishra, and made a representation of his case. The family submitted all required documents, including a report from the US police patrol.
Assistant officer Prashant Sharma said that “Considering the case on humanitarian grounds, it was decided to issue the passport immediately and all the RPO sections joined hands in the effort. The passport was issued in just two hours.”
Pratik Patel said that Shrey’s car had skidded due to snowfall. Partik, who had accompanied the distraught father to the RPO, said, “we never expected such a quick response. The official expedited the entire process on humanitarian grounds. We also ensured that all our documents were in place”.
He said a passport with an eight-month validity is mandatory to travel to any country.
They had filed out the form online and when they took the appointment, they found that the first available appointment was on February 13.