Tahlka News Bureau
Cairo: Jagdish Kumar, an Indian national working on a Qatar World Cup stadium died of a heart attack this month in an incident of which the tournament organizers said on Thursday was not due to his working condition. According to rights group the stadium have been seeing labour abuses in the stadium.
Jagdish, 54, was a carpenter who fell unconscious on May 4 about half an hour after leaving Doha's Khalifa International Stadium, according to relative.
The stadium is part of a sporting complex that Qatar will unveil on Friday as its first fully refurbished 2022 World Cup venue.
Kumar died of cardiac attack after he was admitted to a hospital. In last 18 month's, according to a 2016 report by Qatar's World Cup organizing body, for the Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery three other Indians employed have died of heart attacks on World Cup sites.
The Supreme Committee said in an emailed statement that finding showed Kumar's death was due to natural causes.
Workers from India, Nepal and Bangladesh powering a $200 billion infrastructure upgrade for the World Cup have come under scrutiny from rights groups, who say the migrants live in squalor [without proper access to water and shelter from the sun.
The Gulf Arab Kingdom says it is implementing labour reforms and last year hired a British consultation firm to access working conditions on stadium in an effort to improve transparency.
"We are deeply saddened that one of our workers recently passed away while off-duty. Our sympathies are with his family at this time," said the Supreme Committee statement.
Qatar's recent partnering with a university to improve worker's nutrition showed a commitment to the well-being of World Cup workers.
However, the Qatar government had denied claims that there are higher instances of heart attack among construction workers and does not publish independently verified statistics on worker related injuries and fatalities.
Autopsies and post-mortem's on people who die suddenly are unexpected deaths are forbidden by Qatar law unless a crime is suspected.
"Workers dying suddenly form heart attacks is something we hear about often,, the causes are not always clear. But we're moving now into the hottest time of the year when the risk of fatality increases," Gulf labour researcher Mustafa Qadri said of Thursday.
"When a worker dies, Qatar needs to get the bottom of what happened. People's love are in danger."
Dozens of workers from around the world including Nepal and India working at Khalifa Stadium are living in squalid accommodation and are barred from leaving the 'country by employers, Amnesty International said a report in 2016.