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'Indian' jumps off world's tallest tower

Last updated on: May 11, 2011 08:16 IST

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In an apparent case of suicide, a 30-year-old man -- believed to be an Indian -- jumped to death off the 147th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, Dubai Police have said.

The man in early thirties, who is yet to be identified, jumped from an air vent from the 147th floor and landed on a terrace at the tower's 108th floor, they said, adding that he was of Asian origin.

Unconfirmed local reports, however, said he was Indian.

"The police operations room received a call about a suicide at the Burj Khalifa on Tuesday, and CID and investigation teams were immediately dispatched," Dubai Police said in a statement.

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Image: The Burj Tower
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This is the first recorded suicide since the building was completed last year. After he jumped, the man hit the metal barriers of the tower, causing some damage the structure before landing.

Initial investigations showed the man worked at a company inside the Burj. There are unconfirmed reports that the man had requested a holiday but it was refused.

However, there is still confusion over the exact time of the incident. In a statement Emaar Properties, the developer of the tower said that the incident occurred earlier in the day.

"At around 9am, an incident involving a male was reported at the Burj Khalifa site. The concerned authorities have confirmed that it was a suicide, and we are awaiting the final report," said the statement.



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Police are continuing to investigate the matter. Emaar says floors 45 to 108 are private residences, with most of the remaining floors used as corporate suites.

According to local reports quoting eyewitnesses, the man, jumped from the 147th floor of the building and fell on the 102nd floor, dying within a few minutes.

The police and paramedics arrived within few minutes of the incident but could not resuscitate him.

The badly mangled remains of his body have been sent to the forensic department for investigation.

News of the incident circulated quickly on social networking sites and several tweets went round following the incident.


Image: A view from the 'At The Top' observation deck at the 124th floor of the Burj Tower in Dubai

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