Malayali woman killed in Colombo blast amid plans to return home on Monday
Kasaragod: The Malayali woman among the four Indians who were killed in the deadly bomb blasts that hit Sri Lanka's high-end hotels and churches during Easter services on Sunday holidaying in Colombo has been identified as P. S. Razeena (58) hailing from Mogralputhur in Kasaragod.
She had arrived there along with her husband to meet their relatives engaged in business. Razeena was staying at Colombo's Shangri-La hotel where one of the blasts took place. Razeena and her husband Khader Kukkodi are settled in Dubai.
On the day of blast, Razeena had gone to see off her husband to his workplace in Dubai and returned to the hotel. She was supposed to return to her native place on Monday, said her relatives.
Razeena’s father P. S. Abdulla Haji and grandfather P. S. Sainudheen were businessmen in Sri Lanka. In 1989, LTTE workers had kidnapped Abdulla Haji and held him in custody for about a month in Colombo.
Abdulla Haji was a leader of United National Party (UNP) at that time and also a councillor in Vavunia municipality. He had to spend 29 days in LTTE custody in a deep forest. Finally, he was released after his family gave them a huge ransom.
Later, he returned to Kerala entrusting the business with his son in 2015. He had won the Sri Lankan government’s Justice of Peace honour for social service and helped the Tamil people during racial issues in the island nation.
Now it is Razeena’s brother Basheer who is running the business related to petroleum, flour mill and transportation in Colombo. Razeena’s husband Khader Kukkadi, a chemical engineer, is working in Dubai and South Africa. A native of Karnataka, he is also the vice president and advisor of a fertiliser manufacturing company in Gabon in South Africa.
Khader arrived at Colombo with Razeena only 10 days ago to spend vacation with her brother and family. They rented a room in the hotel after visiting various places there. Basheer had left the place to drop Khader at airport on Sunday morning. She had also told some other relatives in Colombo to join them for breakfast at the hotel. As they were late, Razeena went to the restaurant for breakfast just when the blast took place.
Her brother and relatives reached the hotel soon after the blast and looked for Razeena everywhere including the hospital. They had told their family in Kerala that everybody was safe. Meanwhile, an information received according to which they searched in another hospital to find Razeena’s body.
Razeena had visited her home at Mogralputhur two weeks ago. She visited her relatives’ houses during the visit. Also she had booked tickets to return to Mangalore from Colombo on Monday. Razeena was planning to organise a get-together of family members at Colombo before returning, said her relatives.
Condemning the blasts, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was time to end communal intolerance in the world. He also said steps were taken to bring back the body of the deceased Razeena as soon as possible.
"The NORKA authorities are in touch with the High Commissioner's office and the relatives. We need to keep in mind that the attack happened on the Easter day shows the communal intolerance. It's time to save the countries from the clutches of such communal intolerance. We stand by the families of those who lost their dear ones," he said in a press release.
(With inputs from agencies)