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Indian suspect in murder case commits suicide

world Updated: Apr 17, 2008 12:06 IST

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An Indian man, who is the main suspect in a murder case in India, committed suicide in Abu Dhabi after he was pursued by Indian investigation officials.

Sibi Ramu, a 26-year-old Indian from Kodungalor in Kerala, committed suicide on April 7 in his employer's workshop at Bida Zayed, in the western region of Abu Dhabi.

The man hanged himself after he was asked to return home for interrogation in connection with the murder of a 65-year-old woman, Sulochana.

Sulochana had succumbed to injury after she suffered a blow to the head with an iron bar at her home on August 12, 2005.

After months of investigation by the local police, the case had nearly come to a close. Meanwhile, Sibi got a job in Bida Zayed and came to the UAE. Eighteen months after the murder, the Kerala High Court ordered the case to be transferred to the police crime branch, Gulf News said in a report.

His current employers with whom he had worked for 11 months had no clue about his past. "Sibi was asked to be in Kerala for 2-3 days for interrogation. He must have been receiving calls for the past 10-15 days. After calls to him went futile, the Indian police called me and informed me about the murder case and said that he must return to India at once," said the workshop operator.