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Mother of ‘family feud’ victim awaits his body


Dubai - Nov. 28: Exactly one month after a family feud led to the brutal murder of a 35-year-old Indian in Dubai, the distressed mother waits to see one last glimpse of her son.  Manohar was stabbed to death in broad daylight on October 27 by his own brother-in-law, in what eyewitnesses called a fearless act of aggression.

Speaking to 7DAYS from India, mother Rajamma said, ”I have lost everything. All I wish is to see my son one last time.” The weeping 60-year-old added that the wait was very painful and appealed that her son’s body be sent to India at the earliest. Manohar, who worked as a driver at a flower shop in Dubai was hacked to death by his brother-in-law Haridas at Triveni Restaurant in Deira. 

Close relatives of the family said yesterday that Manohar was the sole breadwinner of an ‘extremely poor family’ and his mother used to survive on the money sent by him. Manohar’s employers, who are handling the transfer of the body to India said that the body would most likely be sent to India today.


Sliding indoors - Burglary In Dubai Villa

Dubai - Nov. 28:A mother who was robbed twice as she slept in her Jumeirah villa, is warning Dubai’s residents to be extra vigilant. Linda Mahoney, 63, was fast asleep when the villa she shares with her daughter and 93-year-old mother was broken into in the early hours of Friday morning.

Four years earlier, she awoke in the middle of the night to find a man hovering in her doorway. Despite still feeling safe in the emirate she has called home for more than 25 years, Californian Linda says it is time people became aware of the need for tighter home security. “I wanted to tell my story because people must be more careful”, she warned. “My doors were all locked but I had stopped using my security system and these gangs strike when your guard is down.”

Linda had arrived home at around midnight on Thursday. After locking up, she placed her jewellery - including a two-carat diamond engagement ring, wedding ring and a bracelet given to her by a late friend - on her dresser, left her handbag at the end of her bed and went to sleep. When she awoke, she discovered her sliding doors had been forced open, and her jewellery and purse had been stolen.

The Californian executive said: “It is sickening, and frightening, mainly because I am such a light sleeper. I just don’t understand how I didn’t hear them come into my room. The last time I woke up, yelled at the intruder and he scarpered. But this time I heard nothing.”

Linda, who does not drink, has heard horror stories about people in other countries being sprayed by something to sedate them and wonders if something similar happened to her. She said: “I can never usually sleep past seven and am very much a mornings person. I may just have been exhausted, but it’s highly unusual.”

Now Linda has tightened up security at her home and says she does not feel vulnerable, just angry. “Generally Dubai is a very safe place and the police have been fantastic with me, but people must be aware of what can happen and take heed of my experience.”



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