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from  P A Hameed Padubidri
Daijiworld Media Network - Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Apr 21: Sambarthota 'Ibrai' alias Ibrahim, a Mangalorean, died in a road accident that took place on Al Nahdah Street near King Abdul Aziz International School in Riyadh around 3-30 pm local time ( 6 pm IST) on April 18.

Sambarthota Ibrahim

Reliable sources said that a Malayali friend of his had come to accommodation and taken him in his car with intention to have him visit his place of stay situated in Hai’l Rabwah (Rabwah Area). As the Malayali friend drove with Ibrahim sitting on the right hand side, because of speeding, he is said to have lost control of the vehicle. The car swerved off road and hit the electric pole on the road divider.

The impact of the crash was so severe that besides the right hand side of the car getting smashed, the electric pole came down crashing on the road. With Ibrahim's side of the car getting smashed, he got crushed in the mauled vehicle. The friend who was driving is said to have landed in the hospital with multiple injuries, but no further details of his identity etc. were immediately available.

Ibrahim mortal remains have been kept in the Shumaisi hospital mortuary in Riyadh, pending completion of legal and administrative formalities. 

Sambar Thota Ibrai was eldest son of Ammad Kunhi and Khatijamma, hailing from Dajeer, Kurnad in Bantwal Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. He had been in Riyadh for over ten years. Earlier, for long, he had worked for a 'boofiya' canteen, but for the past few months, he was employed with Croma Company in Rabwah.

He is survived by his parents, wife Nabisa, six children, brothers and sisters. Two of his brothers and a brother-in-law (husband of one of the sisters) are employed in Riyadh.

The power of attorney from his parents and spouse back in India for the disposal of the mortal remains locally and completion of other legal formalities has been received by fax by authorities in the Kingdom. His brother Abdullah has reportedly been authorized to handle the local formalities. It is expected that the completion of legal and official procedures for the funeral may take about two or three days.

The Malaz area traffic police station is investigating the case and the findings will be forwarded to the Shari'at court for proceedings.

“He was very nice and polite in his approach. His death is a huge, unbearable loss for us,”  said Salgoli Abdul Hameed, an employee in Vodatel. Others including Manjanady Ismail, an employee in ABB Co. and others also condoled his untimely and sad demise. They are assisting the bereaved relatives in following up the case and completing the formalities.

P A Hameed, Daijiworld correspondent and convener of Youth Action for Understanding (YAFU), Saudi Arabia is providing legal and other official guidance to the family of the deceased. He is in touch with the Indian Embassy attaché K Muralidharan, a sincere and very responsive official at the Embassy, concerning the case, and the latter has promised that all procedures from the Embassy's side will be fulfilled as early as possible. A copy of the power of attorney from India has also been received by him.

In the meantime, the traffic police have passed on the intimation papers to the relatives to be handed over to the Indian Embassy.


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