Murdered Indian-origin bride’s family to retrace last hours of her life

March 2nd, 2011 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Cape Town, Mar 2(ANI): Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani’s family will accompany the South African police on a journey to retrace the last few hours of her life in Cape Town last year.

Anni’s father Vinod Hindocha and mother, Nilam, said that they had travelled to Cape Town from their home in Mariestad, Sweden, to pay tribute to their daughter.

“We have prepared a laminated photograph of Anni and cards from family members which we will lay at the spot in the township where her body was found,” The Guardian quoted Hindocha, as saying.

A Hindu priest will accompany the couple to Khayelitsha township, and is expected to perform a short blessing.

The shrine will be decorated with lanterns and flowers, including a heart-shaped wreath featuring 28 red roses - one for each year of Anni’s life.

Anni and Shrein Dewani were two weeks into their Cape Town honeymoon when the taxi they were in was hijacked in Khayelitsha by two men armed with guns on November 13 last year.

They ordered the driver of the taxi to get out and then took off with the car and the couple.

The 28-year-old Anni was shot dead by the robbers, but Shrien was released unharmed.

The South African police had accused Shrein of masterminding the murder after the couple’s taxi driver claimed that Shrien had paid him to stage the hijacking.

Shrien, however, has been consistently denying his involvement in the murder, saying the South African authorities are victimizing him.

Last week, he was admitted in hospital after swallowing sleeping pills in a failed suicide attempt.

He is currently fighting extradition from England to South Africa. (ANI)

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