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Indian commits suicide in Dubai camp

Iqbal Alam, a 29-year-old electrician from Uttar Pradesh, was apparently suffering from stress.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 11:00 IST

An Indian worker apparently suffering from stress has committed suicide in a labour camp here, reports said on Sunday.

Iqbal Alam, a 29-year-old electrician from Uttar Pradesh, hanged himself in Al Quoz on Saturday, Emirates Today reported.

"Everyone knew he was mentally ill. We have been petitioning the company (Powerpoint Electromechanical) to send him home," Mohammed Iqbal, a friend and colleague of Alam, was quoted as saying.

"Last week he walked all the way to Karama from the camp in Al Quoz to ask for his passport. But they sent him back to the camp. We do not have friends or family here. If we do not have faith in our employers who else can we count on?" Iqbal said.

Following the suicide, 200 of Alam's colleagues gathered outside the camp to complain about the company's alleged inaction.

The company's public relations officer said the worker had been ill and that he had come back from another project in Qatar late last month.

Alam is survived by his father and a brother back home, who have been notified of his death.