Mumbai attack: Malaysian Consulate denies charges of Hemas sister

February 28th, 2009 - 6:11 pm ICT by ANI  

Kuala Lumpur, Feb. 28 (ANI): A charge by the sister of the late Malay Indian Hemalatha Kasippillai that the Malaysian Consulate General in Mumbai had not been in touch with the aggrieved family, has been rejected by Consulate General Wisma.
Hemalathas sister Ratna Raja had claimed that Wisma Putra did not make any attempt to communicate with any family member regarding the progress or developments in the wake of the tragedy, or assist them in bringing back the body.
She said all communication was initiated by Hemalatha’’s relatives, who left her contact number with the Consul-General in Mumbai.
The ministry informed the deceased’’s brother that the Malaysian Consulate General was making every endeavour to ascertain the whereabouts of the deceased with the close cooperation of the local authorities, a ministry statement said.
According to the New Straits Times, Wisma Putra, after being informed by Hemalatha’’s colleagues that she was in her room in the bombed Taj Hotel, had telephoned her elder brother, Kalai Selvan Kasippillai on November 27.
In addition, all communication pertaining to the death of Madam Hemalatha was dealt through her elder brother, Mr Kalai Selvan Kasippillai. In fact, the ministry did not receive any inquiry from Mrs Ratna Raja Kasippillai, the statement said.
The ministry added that the failure of Hemalatha to register her presence in Mumbai with the Malaysian Consulate General had marred the search effort. Wisma Putra only got a clue about her whereabouts when her colleagues informed him that she had a telephone conversation with them from the hotel room.
This was a positive lead to tracing her in the hotel. (ANI)

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