Man who jumped off moving van was returning from health check-up

DUBAI - A Sri Lankan worker, who is suspected of committing suicide by jumping off a moving vehicle on Al Khail Road on Thursday afternoon, was on his way back after a health check-up.

By Amira Agarib And Preeti Kannan (Our staff reporters)

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Published: Tue 15 Jul 2008, 1:44 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:12 PM

Police officials told Khaleej Times that Ajith Kumara, 36, apparently opened the door and jumped off a moving van after the Business Bay Crossing towards Abu Dhabi. Police said Kumara threw himself in front of a car travelling at 80km per hour.

He died on the spot after sustaining severe injures and his body was later taken to the Rashid Hospital.

Police are now investigating the cause of his action.

The Sri Lankan, survived by wife and a child in Sri Lanka, had worked as a helper with a Dubai-based facilities management company for the last six months. A company official, who did not want to named, told Khaleej Times, "He has been sick for a while and was undergoing treatment. In fact, he was returning to his camp, along with two other company employees, after a medical check-up when he supposedly jumped off."

The official said Kumara was reportedly sleeping in the back seat of the van and the two men realised what had happened only after Kumara had jumped. "We will arrange the repatriation of the body to his family after the police investigation is completed," added the official.

His wife was shattered on hearing the news and fainted," said Nanditha, a friend of his wife who lives in Sri Lanka.

S. A. Zain, Country Coordinator of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment at the Sri Lankan Consulate in Dubai, said, "We have informed the Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau and the Foreign Ministry in Colombo to locate his next of kin, after which the body will be repatriated.

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