Jeddah: In a tragic incident, a Telangana doctor family was killed in a road accident in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The victims were identified as Swapna Lata and her husband Feroz Ahmed. The couple’s four-year-old boy, Abdul Raheem escaped unhurt. According to the police here, the car in which Swapna lata (40) and her husband Feroz Ahmed were travelling in rammed a light post in Arthaviya near Zulfi, 270 km away from Riyadh on Saturday. Both died on the spot. They were on their way to home in Hafar Al-Batin, near the Kuwait border when the mishap occurred.
Swapna, a native of Mahabubnagar was working as a doctor in the Ministry’s hospital in Hafar Al-Batin. The four-year-old child who was in police protection after the accident was handed over to another Hyderabadi doctor on Sunday. Family friends and Indian embassy have been working to repatriate the child back home. The repatriation of dead bodies will take more time to complete legal formalities amidst of peak Ramadan season in Gulf.
According to sources, since Swapna and Feroz marriage was interreligious, both their families were having different opinions whether to bury their bodies in Saudi Arabia to avoid delay or repatriate the bodies back home to India. This is the second such incident in less than a week in Saudi Arabia where a Telangana origin doctor was killed in a road mishap.
The visit of Makkah and Madinah during Ramzan is a strong desire common among faithful Muslims. However, for many Telangana Muslim NRIs who are living in Saudi Arabia planning the pilgrimage is a daunting task. Most of them travel to Makkah and Madinah after work on the weekend and travel some driving some thousands of kilometres. Ironically, injuries and fatalities from road accidents peak in the Kingdom during the holy month of Ramzan. Indian Diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah receive such cases more in Ramzan than other months.