Family of World Cup worker waits for answers over death at Qatar stadium

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  • Nepali worker Tej Narayan Tharu died at al-Wakrah Stadium
  • Qatari authorities say they have taken ‘corrective measures’

Tej Narayan Tharu’s family cremated him by the banks of the Budhu river in southeast Nepal. His wife, Renuka Chaudhary, wailed in despair. She circled the red coffin before tossing sugar, mustard seeds and barley on to the pyre to purify it. As the flames engulfed her husband’s body, she collapsed and was carried away.

Chaudhary and the couple’s four-year-old daughter, Sadikshya, spoke to her husband by phone every two or three days, until the day they received a call from Qatar from a number she did not recognise. Tharu, 23, died in August when he fell from a high walkway at the £512m al-Wakrah stadium, being built for the 2022 World Cup.

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Written by Pete Pattisson in Doha and Itahari, and Roshan Sedhai in Itahari
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