MUSCAT — In one of the rarest cases reported among the expatriate community here, a middle-aged Indian woman strangulated her two children to death and made a futile attempt to kill herself. The children were students of the Indian School Muscat (ISM), and the mother, Priya, is an employee of the African Eastern Company, Ruwi. According to a friend of hers, Priya, who is a resident of Muttrah, herself called the police, friends and relatives, including those in India, and informed them about the barbaric act and her plans to end her life. The police and a friend who immediately rushed to her flat, managed to prevent her from committing suicide. The ‘Times’ did come across some missing links at the time of its enquiries, but eyewitnesses, including the caretakers of the buildings, pointed out that Priya had been taken into police custody between 8 and 8:30am, though the police had reached the spot approximately after 5am. Her dress was stained with blood while bruises were visible on the bodies of the children. With no official comment available on the tragic incident, the actual time and motive behind the gruesome act are not clear. According to some of the residents in the building, adding weight to speculations that it was a pre-planned murder, Priya, on Wednesday, asked her full-time resident maid to proceed on leave. According to the residents of the building, Priya did not mingle much with the other residents, though her son, Jerrmya or Jermy, as he was fondly called, was quite popular among his friends. His neighbour described the second standard student as a ‘cute little boy’. The name of his KG student sister is not known. Most of the residents were in a state of shock as Jermy and his sister were seen playing with their friends as recently as Wednesday and Thursday. Priya too had projected herself as a strong woman capable of taking difficulties of life in her stride. The family had moved to the ill-fated fifth-floor apartment only last year. Priya’s estranged husband is said to be staying in Dubai. Her parents in Thiruvalla, Kerala, were in a state of shock and unsure of the future course of action. She has two brothers, and one of them is in Abu Dhabi.
The above report is taken from Times of Oman
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