Nine of the 47 labourers who were arrested in connection with the murder of Beeshu Raj, a 23-year-old Nepali, during rioting at a labour camp in Jebel Ali on Thursday, were referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution on Monday.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Wed 9 Nov 2005, 12:55 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:00 PM

The nine have been charged with assaulting Beeshu Raj at the Arabtech labour camp in Jebel Ali. A police official said one of the arrested workers informed the police that he saw the nine labourers beating Beeshu Raj to death.

The Criminal Investigation Department is still investigating into the role played by 13 other labourers in the violence, while 23 others were released yesterday. Police also arrested three more labourers yesterday, but released them later on bail.

Following rumours that some Nepali workers had gathered near Park supermarket in Jebel Ali to avenge the death of Beeshu Raj, the Indian labourers stayed in their rooms and did not leave the camp yesterday.

Security officials, however, did not find anyone near the supermarket.

Reliable sources in Arabtech company told City Times that the company had put in place new security measures following the labour riot. Anyone who enters the camp will now be searched and drunk labourers would not be allowed to enter the camp.

The company is also considering new security measures, which may include establishing separate camps for different nationalities. The company has already shifted all the Nepali workers to a separate accommodation in Jebel Ali to prevent tension among the labourers.

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