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Indian businessman falls to death from 25th floor in Sharjah

Afkar Abdullah and Dhanusha Gokulan/Sharjah
Filed on June 23, 2020 | Last updated on June 23, 2020 at 08.03 pm
Indian businessman, falls, death, 25th floor, Sharjah
A general view of Sharjah.

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A UAE resident for 30 years, Ajith ran a business that offered multiple services.

An Indian businessman who resided in Dubai fell to death from a high-rise in Sharjah. The police said they can't conclude if the man committed suicide or if there was foul play involved until the investigation is completed.

The Sharjah Police are coordinating with their counterparts in Dubai to investigate the case as the deceased was a Dubai resident.

The deceased has been identified as T.P. Ajith. He was 55. He fell from the 25th floor of a tower at Jamal Abdul Nasser Street.

Community sources said it was not immediately clear why he had travelled to Sharjah.

Ajith was the director of Space Solutions International Group, a company that manufactures metal frames for supermarkets and hypermarkets. He was also the former director of the now-defunct Kerala Premier League (KPL-Dubai) T20 cricket tournament.

A resident of the Meadows in Dubai, Ajith is survived by his wife Bindu and two children - a son and a daughter. "His son had completed his education in the UK and was helping his father in the business. The daughter is a student," said advocate Hashik, a senior Dubai-based legal advisor assisting the family complete legal procedures.

The family was unaware that he had left home in the morning. "When the company got a call from Buhairah Police station, who in turn asked his wife to head over to the station, they assumed the family is being summoned for a financial case of some kind. I accompanied one of the relatives to the police station; and only when we reached the hospital we realised he is no more," added Hashik.

The lawyer said Ajith's family, well-wishers, and community members are in a state of deep shock. "He was known to be mentally very strong. He was a very good businessman and was not someone who was thought to be mentally weak," he said. When asked if Ajith had any financial issues Hashik said, "Like everyone during this time, I believe there were some minor issues. But nothing major."

The 1964-born Ajith had been living in the UAE for 26-years. "He was in Muscat for two years as well. He did not seem like someone who would do something like this. When Indian businessman Joy Arakkal passed away, he even said suicide was never an option. We can face every issue," said Hashik.

The advocate advised businessmen who face financial issues to approach the government to resolve them instead of taking extreme steps. "A lot of people fear social judgement. They are worried about their image and status when they face financial troubles. People must realise these issues can be resolved. There is no need to take an extreme step," added Hashik. 

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