Two Bangladeshi workers were stabbed to death and three injured allegedly by their compatriots in a brawl over a pair of shoes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday night.
All the victims are hailing from Comilla, Mizanur Rahman, first secretary (labour) of Bangladesh consulate in Dubai, told The Daily Star this evening.
He said the deceased were identified as Azad Rahman, 25, and Dulal Hossain, 26.
The injured were named as Abdus Salam, Mohammad Saddadm Hossain, and Nazmul Haque.
“It was a silly matter which caused the incident only to tarnish the image of our country,” said Mizan. “When we are trying to revive our image to remove restrictions on the entry of workers from our country, this incident creates an obstacle towards the move.”
The injured were transferred to Al Kuwaiti Hospital in Sharjah for treatment. However, they are in stable condition, Mizanur said.
The consulate official claimed that the fight broke out at a labour accommodation in Sharjah industrial area where some seven Bangladeshis started a heated argument over the ownership of a used pair of shoes.
At a stage of the argument, the attackers grabbed kitchen knives and stabbed the victims, leaving two of them dead. Now, Sharjah police are investigating the incident.
Currently, the UAE, one of the largest labour recruiting countries, is not hiring Bangladeshis since September 2012 after imposing restrictions allegedly for malpractices in the recruitment system and the Bangladeshis’ involvement in criminal activities.
The manpower export to the UAE marked a grave collapse since the restriction on the recruitment. Only, 13,000 Bangladeshis received jobs in 2013 while the figure was over 2.20 lakh till August in 2012, according to the statistics of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.