Sharjah Malayali businessman's death a case of suicide: Police

Sharjah Malayali businessman's death a case of suicide: Police
TP Ajith (50)

Sharjah: A probe is on into the death of a 55-year-old Keralite businessman who was reportedly found dead after falling from a high-rise here early this week. 

The Sharjah Police say T P Ajith committed suicide, however it is not known what drove him to take the extreme step. An investigation in this regard is on.

Ajith and his family stayed in the posh Dubai Meadows villa.

On Monday, he had reached Sharjah from Dubai before jumping from the building on Abdul Nasser Street, which falls under the limits of Al-Buhairah police station. He was immediately rushed to the Al Qassimi Hospital but he could not be saved. The body was then shifted to the forensic laboratory.

Ajith jumped from a multistoreyed building on Monday morning and his body was found on Abdul Nasser Street in Sharjah, the police said.

The relatives of the deceased, a native of Kannur in Kerala, claimed he had no financial distress. 

Ajith had been living in the United Arab Emirates for 30 years. He was the director of Dubai-based Space Solutions International Group.

He was also the director of Kerala Premier League (KPL - Dubai), a Twenty20 cricket tournament.

Ajith originally belonged to TP House at Chirakkal, Panankavu, in Kerala's northern Kannur district. Ajith had recently bought a house at his native place. 

He is survived by wife Bindu, son Amar, who was looking after the business with Ajith after completing his engineering studies, and daughter Lakshmi, a student.

Malayalee community in shock

The news of Ajith's suicide shocked the Malayali community, which is reeling under the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and is yet to come to terms with the recent death of Joy Arakkal, another UAE-based businessman from Kerala.

Arakkal, who hailed from Mananthavady in Wayanad, also ended his own life by jumping from a multi-storeyed tower at Business Bay in Dubai. The managing director of the Dubai-based Innova Group of Companies committed suicide due to a business crisis, the police said. 

Arakkal, a billionaire who was known for his philanthropic work in his native place and in the UAE, committed suicide on April 23. He was buried at the cemetery of St. Joseph's Cathedral Church in Mananthavady. Those who knew him are still clueless about why he ended his life.

The similarity of Ajith's death to that of Arakkal’s and the fact that the two were of similar age is perhaps just a coincidence.

Ajith wondered why Arakkal committed suicide

According to Ajith's friend, when he got the news of Arakkal's death, he wondered why he, Arakkal, would commit suicide. He said that Arakkal should never have taken such a step and that a businessperson should have the mental strength to overcome any difficulty, Ajith's friends said.

Ajith was going through some mental stress due to problems caused by the COVID pandemic, a friend said not wanting to be named. But it never seemed like he was facing any financial crisis, the friend said. 

His Space Max Contracting was a well-known entity in the construction business. The company was renowned for the metal doors it made for super-hypermarkets and warehousing facilities.

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