Bereaved Saudi family flies back home with child’s body

 Ibrahim Abdul Rahman Hamidaddin and Hajar Jihan Muhammed, the Saudi Arabian couple whose four-year-old son Alaaddin died in the swimming pool of a private resort at Kumarakom

Published: 27th August 2017 12:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th August 2017 12:14 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOTTAYAM: Ibrahim Abdul Rahman Hamidaddin and Hajar Jihan Muhammed, the Saudi Arabian couple whose four-year-old son Alaaddin died in the swimming pool of a private resort at Kumarakom here,  flew back home to Jeddah on Saturday carrying the toddler’s mortal remains. Hamidaddin and Hajar Jihan along with their four other children left by an Air India flight from Nedumbassery Airport in Kochi at 5.30 pm.Additionally, the couple aided by the Saudi mission in Mumbai have moved papers seeking a detailed probe in to their son’s death who they believe was electrocuted.

“They are awaiting the autopsy report from forensic experts before initiating further steps.  Their legal advisers have already contacted us and moved papers to top Indian authorities via the Saudi consulate . Prior to it  they are collecting the required reports from various authorities. They are likely to initiate legal action after Alaaddin’s funeral,” said Fazir Muhammed of Comfort Holidays, which arranged the family’s India trip. The incident has also received wide coverage in the Saudi press.

Forensic authorities at the Kottayam  Medical College Hospital (MCH), where the autopsy was conducted, handed over the post-mortem report to the police. Kottayam DySP Zacharias Mathew said the police are relying on scientific evidence. “The post-mortem report says it is a case of drowning and the forensic surgeon could not find any signs of electrocution. We can’t depend on verbal statements which will not stand scrutiny in court. However, we will look into all aspects. We are awaiting a detailed report from the Electrical Inspectorate, regarding the possibility of electric charge entering the pool as a result of some tech glitch,” he said. 

The DSP said the police had followed all the mandatory proceedings, including videographing the autopsy, inquest and external changes in the body to avoid any future controversy. The case registered as unnatural death is being probed by the Kumarakom SI under the direct supervision of Kottayam West CI and DySP.

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