x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Man falls 12 storeys to his death

An Indian office worker fell to his death from the 12th floor of a city centre office building in Hamdan Street yesterday morning.

An area in Hamdan Street, above, was cordoned off yesterday for three hours after an Indian man fell to his death from an office tower.
An area in Hamdan Street, above, was cordoned off yesterday for three hours after an Indian man fell to his death from an office tower.

ABU DHABI // An Indian office worker fell to his death from the 12th floor of a city centre office building in Hamdan Street yesterday morning. People at the scene said the man fell onto a car about 8.30am. He was moved to the pavement by police and covered in a white sheet until being taken to Sheikh Khalifa Medical City two and a half hours later. Officers declined to comment and there was no immediate indication of what caused him to fall.

A watchman at the building, who identified the man only as Parsad, said he was survived by a wife and three children who used to live in the UAE but had moved back to India. He said Parsad was about 40. The building is a 13-storey office tower next to Al Noor Hospital. A half-dozen police cars and the capital's crime scene investigators were called to the scene. A Nissan Tiida with a crushed windshield was taken away and the area cordoned off by police for about three hours.

No one claimed to have seen the man fall. "Women were screaming so we ran out there but he had died immediately," said a worker at a nearby restaurant, who asked not to be named. "I saw him a few minutes after he fell, he was on top of a car," said an Indian worker who was at a nearby store, and also asked for anonymity. "I saw people coming from the other side of the road, but the police made everyone go away. The people were standing in a line [in front of the body]."

The management at the office where Parsad worked declined to comment yesterday. kshaheen@thenational.ae