Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Drowned man's body flown back to India

The Gulf Today, 16 July 2009

The body of an Indian expatriate found dead last week in Jumeirah beach has been repatriated to his native place on Wednesday night.
Dubai Police had found the body of 31-year man Renup Kuttappan in Jumeirah beach last Thursday.
Renup hailed from the Kollam district of the Indian state of Kerala and his body was earlier identified by his relatives and colleagues.
The body has been transported to Thiruvananthapuram International Airport on Air India IX-540 on Wednesday, said his employer.
Renup, a sales person with Chungath jewellery located in Karama, was living with his wife in a flat in Deira.
The manager of the jewellery outlet Shony Pappachan told The Gulf Today that Renup went missing since Thursday. "He left the shop after it closed on Wednesday night and we didn't see him after that."
"As Renup was absent from work on Thursday, we tried to get in touch with him, but we couldn't. So we went to the police station to lodge a report," he said.
"We came to know from the police that his body was found dead on the beach. All our staff members are in a state of shock," he added.
"We saw the postmortem report and it stated accidental death while drowning in the sea," said Pappachan.
He noted that Renup had returned after his annual vacation recently and joined the outlet on the sixth of this month. He had been employed with the jewellery outlet for 18 months.
"Renup's wife had already gone back to India following his death. We came to know about it from the police. However, there is no evidence or confirmation whether the man had committed suicide," said Pappachan.
Meanwhile, the incident happens within a couple of days of the warning that came from Dubai Police that beachgoers should take extra caution while venturing into sea water during summer. Drowning incidents have been increasingly reported at this time of the year.
The police had warned beach-goers against ignoring weather changes while swimming in the beaches during the summer's poor weather conditions.

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