Watchman murdered at Ascon Construction warehouse

DUBAI — Arogya Palan, an Indian national, was brutally murdered in the warehouse of Ascon Construction company located behind Mazaya Centre on Shaikh Zayed Road, where he worked as a watchman.

By Riyasbabu And Amira Agarib

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Published: Mon 31 Jul 2006, 1:13 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:48 PM

Palan, 32, hailed from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. His murder, it is being speculated, might have been linked to a robbery attempt.

Dubai police sources said his body was discovered on Friday morning. "He was working alone in the warehouse on Thursday night. When the office van reached the warehouse on Friday morning to collect him for his trip back to the labour camp, Palan was found lying in his cabin in a pool of blood. Both his hands and legs were tied with ropes. We think that the culprits were trying to rob the machines kept in the warehouse" said the source.

"One of the scanning and surveying machine which was kept in the warehouse was stolen. Surprisingly, the culprits did not steal any of the other more expensive machines on the premises. It is suspected that the culprits, after tying him up, had hit him on his head with some kind of heavy metal object," the source added.

"After being informed of the incident by the company officials, a team from the criminal investigation section of Dubai Police rushed to the spot and conducted initial investigations. Fingerprints were collected from the scene of the crime. So far we have not arrested anybody. But we hope to arrest the culprits soon. Palan's body has been shifted to the morgue," the source added.

While there has been no official comment from the company, so far, it is learnt that the police have arrested four of the deceased's fellow workers in connection with the murder investigation. The police have also sealed Palan's room in the company’s labour camp.

According to a colleague of the deceased, Palan came to the UAE some six years ago. "After three years here he had gone home to get married. But he had yet to see his child who was born after he returned to Dubai."

The colleague added in anguish, "I do not think the company has informed Palan's family about the tragedy, as yet. We are stunned about the incident. We don't know how to break the news of his murder to his family."

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