An Indian expatriate from Kozhikode district in Kerala, who had lost his job earlier this month was found dead along with his wife in their apartment in Abu Dhabi, community sources revealed on July 25. The deceased are Janardhanan Pattiery, 57, and Minija, 52, who lived in Madinat Zayed.
The couple lived alone as their only son is now employed in Bengaluru in India.
Krishna Kumar V.P., president of the Kerala Social Centre, said the son couldn’t contact them for four days as their phones were switched off, so he contacted acquaintances here to alert the police. Based on the son’s request, police broke open the door on July 23 night and found them dead, Krishna Kumar added.
Janardhanan was earlier working with the accounts department of a travel and tourism company. The wife was an accounts assistant with an audit firm. A family friend disclosed that he had not disclosed the job loss to anyone or about having any financial concerns. Minija continued to attend office till July 19 but the couple is believed to have lost contact with others since the next day.
A social worker is following the case for repatriation of bodies. Covid-19 tests have been conducted.