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Monday, 27 June 2022 03:03 GMT

UAE- Business owner struggles to pay workers' dues after theft attack

(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) A contracting business owner, attacked by a group of thieves in Ajman, has been struggling to pay his workers. Indian national Christadima Varghese, the owner of a contracting business, was leaving a branch of his bank in Ajman late last week after withdrawing Dh38,000 to pay his workers.

Three youths, disguised as workers in cleaning companies, allegedly attacked Varghese and snatched the money in broad daylight. The scuffle between Varghese and the youths resulted in him sustaining swelling and minor injuries to his arm.

Varghese told Khaleej Times that he is extremely concerned as the money he lost was his workers' salaries for the month. "I was on my way to an exchange centre to transfer the money. I placed the money in an envelope and put that into my pocket. I was walking towards my car when I was suddenly approached by the first attacker," he said.

Varghese also stated that the incident took place in broad daylight and he is totally shocked. "He was wearing a green cleaners' uniform. He attacked me from behind. After trying to fight him off, I began shouting 'thief, thief'. In the impact of his attack, I dropped my keys, mobile and a few other things that were in my hand," he added.

Adding to Varghese's shock, and in a matter of moments, two more youths approached them in a black car, jumped out, and hit Varghese till he had to let go off his bag. The thieves jumped into the car and swiftly drove off into a no-entry road. "I kept shouting and people started to take notice as well. But since I was alone in the street, no one could jump to my help immediately," he stated.

Varghese stated that the entire attack took place in a matter of minutes and felt that it may have been a planned one. Since everything happened so fast, it was hard for him to notice the vehicle's number plate. "But I am really hoping that the thieves would be caught soon. Later, an Emirati man and another Indian woman came to my help and helped me get off my feet. I immediately went to the police station and filed a complaint," he said.

A case has been registered with the Ajman Police. An official from the Ajman Police said that they are actively working on theft cases such as these. The official added that investigations are ongoing, and hoped to catch those responsible as soon as possible.

Varghese started this contracting company in 2013. "I've been doing this for many years. I always withdraw the money from here to pay my workers. But this is the first time I'm experiencing something like this," he added.


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