Beaten worker in Saudi Arabia dies in hospital

Sudheesh Kalathil Parambil, the 33-year-old construction worker from Kerala who was allegedly beaten unconscious by a supervisor named Zayed, died last week at the Riyadh Medical Complex. Parambil was kept in intensive care at the hospital for 11 days.

Sudheesh Kalathil Parambil, the 33-year-old construction worker from Kerala who was allegedly beaten unconscious by a supervisor named Zayed, died last week at the Riyadh Medical Complex.

Parambil was kept in intensive care at the hospital for 11 days.

He sustained internal injuries during the July 16 assault and died on July 27.

Speaking to Construction Week, Bala Chandran, second secretary from the welfare department of the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, said the body would undergo an autopsy.
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"We have to be certain if Sudheesh died due to the injury caused to him by his supervisor and only after that, can we be in our full right to press charges against the company and the supervisor who assaulted him.

According to Saudi Arabia's law, Parambil's sponsor, Abdul Mohsin, will be responsible for repatriating the body to India.

An urgent message was sent by Indian Overseas and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi to the Indian Ambassador MOH Farook to demand an investigation into the case.

Officials from the Indian Embassy visited the patient four days after he was hospitalised.

A hospital worker said Parambil sustained internal injuries. "He already had some health complications and the recent assault worsened the situation," said the worker.

According to a social worker, the mission's welfare officer failed to take action after the assault was reported.

"They woke up only after his death," said the worker, who asked not to be identified.

Parambil's family submitted a request to the Indian Embassy in Riyadh to seek an inquiry into his death. His mother, Vasumathi, called for punishment for her son's killer. The Indian Embassy responded to her request by demanding police action.

Parambil was employed by a construction company at its worksite in Barak, about 150km from the southern city of Khamis Mushayt.

Parambil's colleague was attacked by his supervisor when he was caught taking a break after loading a dump truck with sand.When Parambil stepped in to protect him, the supervisor then beat Parambil unconscious.

The Indian embassy's welfare officer said the mission is having difficulty contacting Parambil's sponsor.

Parambil, who is from a poor family from a village in Ernakulam district of Kerala, came to the Kingdom in mid-2003.

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