This Article is From May 12, 2014

Bodies of Nine Indian Workers to be Repatriated

Bodies of Nine Indian Workers to be Repatriated

A handout picture released by the Dubai Police on May 10, 2014 shows a severely damaged bus

Dubai: The bodies of nine Indian workers, who were killed in a road accident here, will be send back home in the next few days, Indian officials said.

"We will be providing all facilitation to the company for the repatriation and eventually for compensation for the affected families," according to a spokesperson from the Indian Consulate here.

Nine Indian workers were among 13 people killed when the bus they were traveling in rammed into a parked truck on the busy Emirates road here on Statuary.

The bus - from the Bravo Technical Construction company owned by Holland Technical Contracting Services - hit the parked truck, flipped on its left side and skidded for five metres, killing 13 people on the spot.

All the nine Indians killed were from Bihar, an official from the Indian Consulate here told PTI. They have been identified as: Devendra Kumar Yadav, Kamlesh Kumar Singh, Shatrughan Kumar Singh, Kokil Choudhary; Krishan Shah, Dharmendra Singh, Vijay Gupta, Siraj Ansari, and Sanjay Ramchand.

The drivers of the truck and the minibus that were involved in a fatal accident are being questioned.

A Dubai Health Authority spokesperson yesterday said that 10 patients were received by the Rashid Hospital's Trauma and Emergency Centre on Saturday. Of these, six were discharged the same day. The remaining four are presently stable and undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the company has assured that all the workers will be financially compensated. Pramod P, a manager of the Holland Group, said: "The bus carrying the workers belonged to Bravo Technical Contracting Services. Some of the workers who died were on Bravo's visa but majority were employees of Noor Al Fijer Technical Services in Dubai."

Pramod said the bus and workers were covered under different insurance packages. "The bus has full coverage and the workers are entitled for workmen's compensation insurance also.

We at the company are doing our best to support their families. We are already working on a fund," he was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times.

Pramod said the company was working with the authorities and the diplomatic missions to repatriate the remains of the Deceased.

Meanwhile, the Dubai Public Prosecution is investigating the case. The 40-year-old Pakistani truck driver has been placed under provisional detention.