Eerie silence prevails

DUBAI — An eerie silence prevailed around MAG 214 building a day after the tragic incident struck the area.

By Shafaat Ahmed

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Published: Thu 29 Sep 2011, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:00 AM

Flat No. 809 of the building, where the family lived, has been sealed by the police, and the rest of the family — the 15-year-old daughter and her father— are currently living with relatives.

According to sources close to the family, the teenaged girl who helplessly saw her brother and mother fall to death is still in a state of shock and so are the family members and neighbours.

When the KT team visited the building on Wednesday, cleaning crew were busy wiping out the marks of the incident, but the blood stains on the ground floor outside the entrance to the building were still visible.

Though people in the vicinity are going about their normal routines, a hushed silence prevailing in the area is a testimony to the state of shock the residents are still in.

An Indian security guard has replaced the guard who was injured in the incident, while trying to catch the falling boy on Tuesday. When asked about his colleague, he reluctantly said: “He has been discharged from the hospital after treatment and is now at his accommodation.”

Around 2.30 on Wednesday afternoon, several mothers were down at the entrance to the building to pick their kids from their school buses. However, none but one had the strength to discuss the gory incident in front of their little ones.

“We all have children who are about the same age as the boy and nobody would want such a cruel thing to happen to anyone, least of all to little children. Whatever happened is really terrible,” said a Filipina mother of two, who refused to give her name.

The Iranian consulate officials in Dubai were unaware of the incident when the KT team approached them for comments. “We have no information about any death of Iranian citizens in Dubai over the last two days. Normally in such cases the police inform us after identifying the nationality of the victims but so far we haven’t received any report,” said a consulate official.

shafaat@khaleejtimes.com



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