A Sri Lankan national, who is currently in a state of coma at Rashid Hospital after being hit by a vehicle at Al Diyafah area of Satwa in Dubai, has been out of job for about a year.
Sajeev Chandrakumari, in his 40s, used to work as a helper in ServeU, a facilities management and cleaning company, for about one and half years along with his wife, also employed in the same company.
Close friends of Sajeev told Emirates 24|7 that the Sri Lankan national was in a state of depression after his wife was held in a case at Al Rashidiya Police Station. He had submitted his passport for the release of his wife. The unemployed worker was to pay Dh5,000 fine to recover his passport, but without a proper job, he was unable to recover the passport.
"He joined the company about three years ago. His wife was an employee of ServeU and she brought him here. However, there was a police complaint against her and he had to pledge his passport to bail her out. He allowed his wife to leave the country to take care of their children, but stayed back," said an official from the Human Resources Department of ServeU.
"Sajeev Chandrakumari was working with us as a helper (technician) and was absconding for more than a year. We have already lodged an absconding case against him. We came to know about his accident from Bur Dubai Police."
The Sri Lankan national was in the intensive care unit of Rashid Hospital, after he was hit by a vehicle. Dubai Police issued a public alert on Monday, urging people to help them identify the man who has been unconscious and lying in the intensive care unit of Rashid Hospital. His photograph was flashed in the local media for friends and relatives to identify him.
"Sajeev and his wife were terminated along with several other employees as part of downsizing. He took his passport from the company ostensibly to renew it, but he pledged it with Dubai Police as a guarantee for his wife," said company sources.
A friend who shared a room with him a year ago, said: "I saw his photograph in the newspaper and recognised him. He was a good man." Officials from ServeU have been contacted by Bur Dubai Police.
His former colleagues in the Al Qouz Camp are saddened by the serious accident. "He was already depressed and used to drink heavily. He was also in deep financial difficulty. He could not raise Dh5,000 to pay t for his passport," said a colleague.