All 19 Bangladeshi victims of Al Ain crash 2013 get blood money

Abu Dhabi: Blood money for the family of the one remaining Bangladeshi worker who died in a horrific road crash in Al Ain in 2013 — which was delayed due to a technical issue — was paid out on Wednesday.

“Now we have received the blood money for the families of all 19 Bangladeshi victims,” Mohammad Imran, Bangladeshi Ambassador to the UAE, told Gulf News on Thursday.

As Gulf News exclusively reported on April 6, blood money worth around Dh4 million in total for 18 Bangladeshi workers was disbursed by Aman, the insurance company, following a recent order by an Al Ain court.

Of the 21 workers who died in the accident that occurred on February 4, 2013, 19 were Bangladeshi, while one was an Indian and the other an Egyptian. Twenty three other workers were also injured when a truck carrying sand and crushed stones veered off the road and collided with the workers’ bus.

Many workers died on the spot and some of their bodies were mutilated beyond recognition as they were trapped in the bus and covered in sand that fell from the truck. All the bodies were repatriated to their native countries.

The status of the blood money for Indian And Egyptian victims was not available as of yesterday. The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi said it had lost the contact with the family of the Indian victims due to certain communication problems.

“Now, we have contacted the family and asked them to execute a power of attorney in favour of the embassy. A copy of this communication has gone to the district magistrate of the area, whose office will help the family in this regard. We are following it up and doing everything to secure the money for the family,” a senior official told Gulf News on Thursday.

The Egyptian Embassy could not provide any information about the status of the blood money for the victims from their countries, although Gulf News contacted them several times since April 6..

The Bangladeshi Ambassador said the embassy had received Dh3.2 million in its bank account on behalf of 16 workers, whose families had executed a power of attorney in favour of the embassy. The dependents of three workers who had executed the power of attorney in favour of their relatives in the UAE, received the blood money on their behalf.

Arman Ullah Chowdhury, Labour Counsellor at the Bangladeshi Embassy, said the embassy will send the money to the Bangladesh Government next week, which will distribute it to the dependents as stipulated in the power of attorney under Sharia. A victim’s father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters also get a share in different proportions under Sharia, which has already been mentioned in the power of attorney, he said.