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Dubai police investigate electrocution death of Indian expatriate woman


DUBAI: An Indian expatriate woman reportedly died last week after being electrocuted in Dubai.

Dubai Police has confirmed to Gulf News that an investigation is underway to determine what happened. Neehu Ganesh, a 35-year-old engineer and mother, was electrocuted while taking a shower at home.

police are investigating

Police said they had ruled out any murder by the victim’s family, but were still investigating electrical safety negligence in the building.

According to the family of the deceased, Nitu, the mother of the 6-year-old boy, was taking a bath late at night on June 14 when the tragedy happened.

Her family, including her engineer husband Vishak Gopi, son Nivish Krishna and a maid, lived in an outbuilding of a villa in the Al Twar-3 area.

Starting that afternoon, the area was without power due to maintenance work, the family said.

Nitu worked at home that day and went to take a shower after get off work. She used emergency lights as power had not been restored.

Electric shock in kitchen and bathroom

However, at around 7.15pm, the maid felt an electric shock while washing the dishes. At the same time, Nitu’s scream came from the bathroom.

The maid said she escaped by instinctively throwing away the container she was cleaning quickly. The maid and Visak, who was also at home at the time, rushed to the bathroom to look for Nitu.

However, Nitu did not respond and Visak then broke the lock with a cricket bat.

They found that Nitu had fallen from the bathtub and was motionless. She held the shower hose in her hand, the shower head pressed against her chest.

Visak used the same cricket bat to remove the shower hose from Nitu, immediately administered CPR and called an ambulance. Paramedics who rushed to the scene also performed CPR and rushed her to a hospital in Guseth, where doctors attempted to resuscitate her. However, her family said she did not survive.

Dubai Police launched an investigation after Nito’s death and sent forensic experts to the residence of Nito’s family. Collect toilet water heater and other necessary samples, and seal the toilet. The next day, after confirming that it was an accident, Nitu’s family obtained permission from the police to repatriate Nitu’s body.


Then, on June 16, Nitu’s body was flown to her hometown in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where her family held her final rites.

A distraught Visak told Gulf News in Kerala state that his family had full faith in the investigation by local authorities.

“We want to know how this happened and how to prevent it in the future. This shouldn’t happen to anyone else,” he said.

Meanwhile, friends of the couple in Dubai paid tribute to Nitu.

Although Neehu is an IT engineer, she has worked in the fields of supply chain and operations management and has been employed by multinational corporations.

friends mourn

She and Visak, a mechanical engineer working in the oil and gas industry, have many friends, especially from the university alumni group under the All Kerala College Alumni Federation (AKCAF) community group.

More than 350 friends of the university’s alumni group came to the embalming center to bid Nitu a tearful farewell.

Grieving friends later held a condolence service to offer their condolences to Nitu, who was welcomed by them as a dancer at community events.

“We were all shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. No one believed that this was an unheard of electrocution death in the UAE. Neethu was a very lively girl and her presence would make everyone happy. We will She will be missed forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with her grieving family,” said a friend named Lakshmi.

AKCAF volunteer Deepu, who has known the couple for many years, said: “We are very saddened that such a tragedy happened. Now, all we can do is find out how this happened and stop it to save others. “He said.


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