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7 Bangladeshis held in UAE for killing compatriots

Update : 07 Feb 2014, 08:22 PM

United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have arrested seven Bangladeshi migrant workers for their involvement in killing two compatriots in a scuffle over a pair of shoes.

“The UAE authorities have detained seven Bangladeshis in a week following the killing of two Bangladeshis by their fellow workers,” AKM Mizanur Rahman, first secretary of the Bangladesh labour wing in the UAE told the Dhaka Tribune over the phone yesterday.

He said more were to be arrested in this regard, as the investigating agencies were trying to trace all those involved in the incident.

On January 31, two Bangladeshi migrant workers were stabbed to death and three were seriously injured as they engaged in an argument with fellow workers over the ownership of a pair of shoes at a labour camp in the Sharjah industrial area. All of them were construction workers hailing from Comilla.

The conditions of the three injured – Abdus Salam, Mohammad Saddam Hossain and Nazmul Haque – are now stable. They are receiving treatment at the Kuwaiti Hospital in Sarjhah.

The UAE, which used to be one of the largest labour recruiting countries for Bangladesh, put restrictions on hiring manpower from Bangladesh in August, 2012, alleging that Bangladeshi migrant workers’ were involved in criminal activities.

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