Indian workers killed in Ajman construction mishap identified

June 5th, 2008 - 9:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, June 5 (IANS) The bodies of six Indian workers, who were killed at a hotel construction site in the emirate of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last Monday, have been identified. The bodies have been identified as Karamvir, Jasbir Singh, Pawan Kumar, Manpreet Singh, Balindra Ram and Chand Singh.

All the deceased, who were employees of Seidco Construction Company, hailed from the north Indian states of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

The bodies were recovered from the rubble at the mishap site by Wednesday.

The incident happened when an excess amount of concrete was poured on the ground floor of the under-construction Laguna Beach Hotel around 3 a.m. Monday, resulting in the collapse of the floor on to the basement.

All six workers got trapped in the rubble. Police had to use sniffer dogs to recover the bodies as the spilt cement hardened with time.

Meanwhile, when contacted, an official at the Indian Consulate here said details of the deceased workers were still being awaited.

“We are still waiting for the passport copies of the workers from the company,” the official told IANS.

“Only then will we get to know where exactly in India they came from.”

The company, on its part, has said it will give compensation to the next of kin of those killed.

Meanwhile, three of the 11 company officials of the company, who were detained initially for questioning, have been referred to the public prosecution while the other nine have been released.

Ajman police chief Colonel Ali Abdullah Alwan told the Khaleej Times newspaper that the police have completed their preliminary investigation and the case was Wednesday referred to the public prosecution, which was investigating and gathering evidence to refer it to the court.

Efforts are also on to repatriate the bodies to India with help from the Indian consulate.

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