An expat from Kerala who works as a building watchman fell to his death from a building in Deira on Sunday (May 24), the first day of Eid.
The expat was among those who recently recovered from Covid-19 in the UAE. He had also been waiting to be repatriated according to his uncle.
COVID-19 Survivor Falls to His Death from a Building in Dubai
The 26-year-old Kerala native fell from the seventh-floor balcony of his building where he stayed with six others including his uncle, as shared in a report by Gulf News.
A Dubai Police officer confirmed the incident on Monday and said it had been a suicide.
The official reported that the man had been suffering from a mental disorder and there are no criminal suspicions behind his death.
According to the deceased’s uncle, his nephew woke early to perform prayers and everyone was getting on with their daily morning chores when he walked to the balcony and jumped.
The incident took place on Sunday at around 4:40 am, shared the deceased’s uncle.
The uncle shared, “He was suffering from a mental disorder and had been disturbed for some time. He thought everyone was out to attack him and had stopped eating his food as he thought people were feeding him poison. He was refusing to even take water from us.”
He added, “Today is a sad day for me… It was hard breaking the news to his mother.”
The deceased expat leaves behind his parents, who are in their 50s, and a younger brother and sister.
The deceased’s uncle shared that his nephew was the sole breadwinner and came to work in Dubai just so he could financially support his family back in Kerala. Unfortunately, that was not the case to be.
The deceased was recently discharged from a Dubai hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 on April 10.
According to Gulf News, the discharge report of the deceased revealed that he was suffering from “a suspected schizo-affective disorder”.
The Indian expat had registered in the Department of Non-Resident Keralites Affairs (NORKA) last month to be repatriated. However, he had been unsuccessful in procuring a ticket to fly home.