18 November, 2009

R. Seetha - May she rest in peace

The woman who fed paraquat to her four children and herself apparently out of grief over her brother's death died at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah hospital (TARH) today.

R. Seetha, 31, who was admitted to the hospital a week ago with her three daughters and son, died at about 3pm of multiple organ failure as a result of paraquat poisoning.

Human Rights Party (HRP) information chief S. Jayathas said Seetha's husband Manimaran and HRP leader P. Uthayakumar were by her side when she died.

The mother of four was said to have taken the poisonous substance after being overwhelmed with grief following her brother's death.

Her brother Surendran was among the five youths, aged between 17 and 24, killed in a police shootout in Klang on Nov 9.

The housewife had also given the poison to her children, apparently telling them that if they drank it, they could go to their uncle.

The children are reportedly out of danger and in stable condition.

Human Rights Party (HRP) leader P Uthayakumar told Malaysiakini that Seetha died at 3.05pm at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang.

He said the doctor had classified the death as "poisoning due to paraquat with multiple organ failure."

Previously, Uthayakumar had warned that if Seetha died, he would take her coffin to Parliament as a mark of protest against what he described as the 'summary execution' of Indian Malaysians suspected to be involved in criminal activities.

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