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Terror attack victim Hemalatha’s funeral on 3 Dec

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Dec 2008: The funeral of Hemalatha Kasipillay, 51, who died in the terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, will be on 3 Dec.

Her husband, K Sivakumaran, told Bernama that the funeral and cremation will only take place after the return of the couple’s children Nishalini, 19 and Dhinesh, 18, who are pursuing medicine in Volgograd, Russia, tomorrow morning.

It is learnt that the remains of Hemalatha, a customer relations manager with a German reinsurance firm, are now kept at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre mortuary.

“The remains will be brought to Hema’s parents’ house in No. 144, Lorong Limau Manis, Bangsar, tomorrow before the funeral and final rites on Dec 3.

Initially we planned to cremate her at the Cheras Crematorium but the final decision had not been made yet,” Sivakumaran said.

Hemalatha’s remains arrived at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on a Malaysia Airlines cargo flight at 7.20am today.

Meanwhile, Hemalatha’s younger sister, who did not want to be named, told Bernama that the family members had no comments on the incident.

“My sister is no more in the world, so what do you (media) expect me to talk about?  No one can bring her back. Only God knows our ordeal,” she cried.

Hemalatha’s charred body was found in room 637 of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel on Saturday, more than 60 hours after terrorists caused mayhem in Mumbai.    

She was among at least 26 non-Indian nationals killed in the attacks, which left 172 people dead and 293 injured. — Bernama


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