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08 December 2023

Three Sharjah workers die in brawl over a pair of shoes

By VM Sathish

A group fight in a Sharjah labour camp in Industrial Area 1 on Friday night resulted in the death of three Asian workers and serious injury to several others.

Three Bangladeshi workers were stabbed to death while three others were seriously injured in the group fight, which started about the ownership of a pair of safety shoes.

The fight erupted following a dispute about a pair of safety shoes, and the Asian workers employed in different companies formed two rival groups. The camp, where about 500 Asian workers reside, mostly Bangladesh and Pakistan nationals, witnessed a fierce group fight, with workers exchanging blows with sticks and iron roads. The stabbing happened in the labour camp located near the Kashmiri Restaurant in BMW Round About, Sharjah.

“It all started on Friday night at around 9.30pm following a dispute about wearing safety shoes.  Someone allegedly wore shoes belonging to another worker, leading to a verbal argument. There was a heated argument about this, leading to physical scuffle and workers grouped together into two groups to fight it out. One of the labour camp residents came with a knife and stabbed three Bangladeshi workers, two of them died on the spot,” said sources from the camp.

“The Asian worker who stabbed six of the residents has absconded. Three of the workers died, two on the spot. Three workers who are seriously injured in the group fight were admitted to the Al Qasmia Hospital Sharjah and they are not out of danger,” added the sources.
Sharjah Police team and several ambulances rushed to the labour camp. According to sources, Sharjah Police have arrested several workers allegedly involved in the group fight and a manhunt has been on to track the worker who stabbed the workers. Sharjah Police officials are currently stationed at the labour camp where the incident happened.

The industrial area labour camps have witnessed fights in the past, especially on weekends, but this has been the worst case reported in recent times.

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