Missing Malaysian woman found dead in hotel room

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MUMBAI: Hema Kassippillai, the Malaysian woman who had been reported missing since the terror attacks in this city on Wednesday, has been found dead.

The body of Hema, 51, who had stayed at the Taj Mahal hotel, scene of the worst of the militant attacks, was found by a medical team in her room at 6pm (Indian time) yesterday.
The burnt and decomposed body was found in Room 637 on the 6th floor, which was burned down by the terrorists when they seized the hotel on Wednesday evening.

Hema, who was from Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, is believed to have died of smoke inhalation.

A post mortem conducted at Sir Jamshedji Jeejibhai Hospital found no injuries on the body caused by gunshots.

According to a friend of her family, who spoke to Bernama on condition of anonymity, Hema’s body was identified through her jewellery by her husband, security company manager K. Sivakumaran, who had flown to India to search for her.

Hema’s body was removed from the hotel after Indian Black Cat commandos had killed the last of the militants earlier yesterday. Her remains are expected to be flown to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

Hema, who had worked for a company based in Kuala Lumpur, had arrived in Mumbai on an official trip.

The hotel was seized by a band of terrorists on Wednesday night, a day after Hema had arrived. She was scheduled to have returned to Kuala Lumpur on Dec 5.

Since the coordinated attacks in Mumbai, there had been no trace of Hema, her husband Sivakumaran had told Bernama in an interview here earlier.

He had said that her colleagues last had contact with her at 1am on Thursday.

On Friday, Sivakumaran, in his 50s, arrived here and sought the assistance of Malaysia’s Consul-General in Mumbai Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah. Four days after his wife went missing in Mumbai, Sivakumaran began frantically to locate his beloved.

He had been knocking on every hospital door in the Indian commercial city to trace the German insurance company underwriter but to no avail. Her disappearance also prompted Hema’s elder brother K. Ratna to fly to Mumbai last night to assist the authorities in locating her.

The couple have two children, a son and a daughter, who are still schooling. — Bernama


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