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Restaurateur in Abu Dhabi found dead in flat

Abu Dhabi: A restaurant owner in Abu Dhabi committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in his bedroom, Abu Dhabi Police told Gulf News on Thursday.

K.A. Abdul Gafour, 59, the owner of Mughal Restaurant in the Madinat Zayed area in the capital was found dead in his flat directly above the restaurant on Wednesday evening. He hailed from India's southern state of Kerala.

My brother looked pleasant as usual when I last met him Tuesday night. I still can't believe that he took such a drastic step

K.A Basheer, victim's younger brother

"My brother looked pleasant as usual when I last met him Tuesday night. I still can't believe that he took such a drastic step," K.A Basheer, 47, Gafour's younger brother, who also worked in the same restaurant, told Gulf News on Thursday.

Unanswered calls

Basheer said Gafour neither came to the restaurant nor answered phone calls on Wednesday. "We thought he would be busy as he has a wide social network and always visits friends and acquaintances," he said.

Gafour's bedroom was found locked. Basheer said he opened the room with a spare key and was shocked to find his brother hanging from the ceiling fan.

"I immediately called up colleagues and friends who called up the police," he said.

Abu Dhabi Police added that the reasons behind the suicide are not yet known but did not report anything suspicious about the incident. Investigations are continuing to get to the bottom of the incident, Colonel Ebrahim Al Za'abi of Abu Dhabi Police said in a statement issued to Gulf News.

Gafour's body has been moved to the Preventive Medicine Department at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City for further procedures, Col. Al Za'abi said.

Call to community

The official called on troubled members of the community to approach relevant institutions in the UAE which could help solve their problems. "There are mechanisms to protect the UAE community from drastic incidents that are against the ethics and traditions of the community, Islamic teachings and social values that we hold dear."

Basheer said Gafour had not left a suicide note or any other hint about the circumstances that made him take the extreme step. "He was the one who extended courage and support to all around him whenever they were in a crisis," he said.

Gafour came to the UAE about 40 years ago by a boat and worked as an ordinary worker before starting his own restaurant in 1981, Basheer said. "He was a self-built man."

Gafour is survived by his wife and three children — two boys and a daughter who are studying in India.

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