//Woman's wait for husband's body continues

Woman's wait for husband's body continues

KANNUR: The reported clemency offered to P.V. Noushad by the Saudi authorities has raised the hopes of a housewife at Peralassery here waiting for the body of her husband who is reported to have under mysterious circumstances in al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia nearly five months ago.

K.K. Sreelatha, mother of two children, staying with her in-laws at their residence `Krishnalayam’ at Peralassery, has been running from pillar to post to get the body of her husband, P.M. Prakasan (41) who was suspected to have been murdered in al-Jubail on August 27 last. She has urged the authorities concerned in the country to intervene to get her husband’s body back for cremation and to solicit the Saudi authorities’ intervention for a detailed inquiry into the death. The body is kept at the al-Jubail Government Hospital in Dammam.

Sreelatha is now preparing to send an appeal to the Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez, who is scheduled to visit India as chief guest at the Republic Day function.

Prakasan was employed as a welder under a Saudi sponsor named Saeed Saif Hamad Al-Omani in al-Jubail for the last 14 years. As per Indian Embassy officials’ intimation, Parakasan died under suspicious circumstances and the body could be brought to India only after completion of the forensic examination and other procedures that were expected to take minimum three weeks. The officials had said that the local formalities would be completed expeditiously and the body would be sent home at the earliest.

"Though we have knocked all doors to get the body and ensure a comprehensive inquiry, we have not seen any progress in the matter," said P.M. Pramod, Prakasan’s brother. He said appeals had been sent to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani, United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Indian Ambassador in Riyadh M.O.H. Farooq. According to Mr. Pramod, a police constable attached to the AR Camp here, while the Embassy authorities attributed the delay to the medico-legal nature of the case, it raised doubts about some foul play and moves to tamper with the evidence.