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Two bodies (Afghanistanis) found in Broad Brook (reservoir)
Danbury News-Times [Connecticut] ^ | April 18, 2002 | AP

Posted on 04/18/2002 10:41:37 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough

(East Windsor-AP Apr. 18, 2002 12:12PM) _ A man and a woman have been found dead in a reservoir in East Windsor.

The partially clothed bodies of the couple were pulled from the reservoir at East Windsor Park on Reservoir Avenue this morning.

Police say the man and woman were from Afghanistan, but were living in the area.

Police say there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths. Police say the man was an airport taxi service driver and the husband of a woman who reported him missing yesterday.

The female victim was not his wife.

According to police, neither the man, who was in his mid- to late-50s, nor the woman, in her early 20s, knew how to swim.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; afghans; airport; bradley; connecticut; drowning; eastwindsor; gumshuda; hader; hider; isolatedincident; mohammadgumshuda; reservoir; simmerhader; taxidriver

1 posted on 04/18/2002 10:41:37 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: LurkedLongEnough
"According to police.....neither knew how to swim.."

Dontcha just love comments like that?....like how did the police know....

2 posted on 04/18/2002 10:46:48 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Very interesting--thanks for posting this.
3 posted on 04/18/2002 10:49:55 AM PDT by syriacus
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To: LurkedLongEnough
An update - I just can't let the name "Gumshuda" go unnoted:

(East Windsor-AP Apr. 18, 2002 UPDATED 1:50PM) _ The bodies of a man and a woman from East Windsor have been pulled out of a town reservoir.

The bodies of the couple were pulled from the reservoir at East Windsor Park on Reservoir Avenue this morning.

The bodies have been identified as 53-year-old Mohammad Gumshuda and his wife, Simmer Hader, both of East Windsor.

Police said Gumshuda drove for an airport taxi service and was reported missing yesterday by another woman also identified as his wife. Police say the female victim is another wife.

The man's taxi was discovered in front of the gate to the park this morning around six-thirty. A park official says after finding the taxi he searched the beach and found shoes, the keys to the abandoned vehicle, and a cell phone.

According to police, neither Gumshuda nor Hader knew how to swim.

Police say Gumshuda has been in Connecticut since at least 1995. They don't have an age or immigration status of the woman.


4 posted on 04/18/2002 10:53:29 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: ken5050
Come on - the police must have first researched the couple's swim test results with the Red Crescent back in Afghanistan before stating this "fact". LOL!
5 posted on 04/18/2002 10:55:31 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: ken5050
like how did the police know.... They asked the wife of the deceased, for instance.
6 posted on 04/18/2002 10:55:45 AM PDT by TopQuark
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To: TopQuark
which wife?...LOL
7 posted on 04/18/2002 10:59:00 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: LurkedLongEnough, decarlo, racebannon
This is strange. The reservoir sits adjacent to some ratty apartment/condos where the police set up road blocks just about every other day for revenue enhanc- er I mean "seat belt" checks.
8 posted on 04/18/2002 10:59:03 AM PDT by Wm Bach
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To: Wm Bach
Looks like Broad Brook is a Superfund Cleanup site...

"...EPA and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection are currently proposing to defer consideration of the site to the State of Connecticut for cleanup, rather than finalize its listing on the NPL. EPA, CT DEP and the Town of East Windsor outlined the initial steps for deferral consideration at a public meeting on September 10, 2001; additional public meetings will be scheduled as the process progresses.

9 posted on 04/18/2002 11:13:12 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: Wm Bach
Police say the female victim is another wife.

Seems to me they'll be looking for 'Another Husband' soon?

I've swam here, it is a placid pond more than a reservoir. Plus, I think he would have to jump a fence, too, hevent been there in about 20 years!

10 posted on 04/18/2002 11:33:10 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon
it is a placid pond more than a reservoir.

That's a nice euphemism for algae-beslimed open sewer. It's not like they could have been plotting to poison it, as that would be redundant. Still, the sheer speculative post 9-11 in me wonders whether they were playing hosts to some distant relations visiting from the old country who have decided to make some nefarious little terrorist moves and do a little house cleaning to cover their trails in the process.

"Thanks for the room, but we have some business to attend to, sorry Uncle Fez and Aunt 'Rina." *gurgle gurgle gurgle*.

11 posted on 04/18/2002 11:48:01 AM PDT by Wm Bach
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To: Wm Bach
That's a nice euphemism for algae-beslimed open sewer.

I don't understand -- I used to swim in that reservoir as a kid, and it was a public park with a beach, floats, etc. I was there maybe 7-8 years ago and that was still the case. Am I thinking of the same place?

12 posted on 04/18/2002 12:53:56 PM PDT by WL-law
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13 posted on 04/19/2002 5:02:24 AM PDT by LoneGOPinCT
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To: WL-law
The place I'm thinking of has an overflow right across the street from the old abandoned red opera/playhouse. That's the only large body of water I know of in Broadbrook, but I'm an out of towner.

The Afghani deaths didn't get much attention in the mainstream media because of the many more dramatic drownings all over the state yesterday.

14 posted on 04/19/2002 6:12:44 AM PDT by Wm Bach
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To: LoneGOPinCT; All
Great post Lone! Thanks for the laughs, All. And I hope that res doesn't flow directly into my River! LOL &;-)
15 posted on 04/19/2002 6:33:35 AM PDT by 2Trievers
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To: Wm Bach
"The reservoir sits adjacent to some ratty apartment/condos where the police set up road blocks just about every other day for revenue enhanc- er I mean "seat belt" checks. "

I got bagged by one of those seat belt "checks" four doors down from my house last week. I would have been buckled, but the sight of four cruisers and flashing lights distracted me from my routine as I was getting set to pull out of the driveway.

I wish the police possessed the same scrupples as the fire department, and stood out in the road with a boot to collect donations, rather than resorting to fascist road block tactics to raise revenue. Personally, I think they should all be tarred and feathered.

18 posted on 04/20/2002 11:27:28 AM PDT by Critter
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To: syriacus; WL-law; Wm Bach; critter
Broad Brook, CT is mentioned in today's New York Times article on prejudice against Muslims in America. Is it just coincidence? Is this Pakistani playing on sympathies for the "victim" / underdog?

---------------------------------------------

April 25, 2002
For Many American Muslims, Complaints of Quiet but Persistent Bias
By SUSAN SACHS

In ways large and small, from perceived prejudice in the workplace to a heightened sense of anxiety at home, the events of Sept. 11 continue to reverberate in the lives of American Muslims....[snip]...

"What we have now is a feeling of insecurity, a feeling that I can't really describe in words," said Zaheer Sharaf, a grocer and service station owner who immigrated from Pakistan six years ago.

His own sense of anxiety deepened four months ago, when some family friends visited from Pakistan. They stepped outside Mr. Sharaf's grocery store, on Main Street in Broad Brook, Conn., to snap a few photographs. Someone who saw them called the police to report suspicious foreigners with cameras. "The police came to the store, and I explained the situation," Mr. Sharaf said. "They were very nice, but I felt so embarrassed. I'd like to be part of society here, but minor things like these make me feel excluded." ....[article continues]


19 posted on 04/25/2002 7:19:35 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Who knew that the tiny little burgh of Broadbrook would be a hotbed of terrorism? I'm sticking with the theory that established muslim Americans are knowlingly or unknowlingly playing host to terrorist relatives who just happen to be visiting from the old country.

Maybe if joe-muslim-on-the-street wasn't so busy cheering 9-11 on, Americans wouldn't be so quick to cast them the flinty eye.

20 posted on 04/25/2002 8:07:56 AM PDT by Wm Bach
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To: LurkedLongEnough
What we have now is a feeling of insecurity, a feeling that I can't really describe in words," said Zaheer Sharaf, a grocer and service station owner who immigrated from Pakistan six years ago.

Remember how the Palestinians were loudly complaining a few months ago, that pregnant Palestinian women were being stopped at checkpoints? Shortly after the Palestinians complained, young women began carrying out homicide bombing missions.

I still worry that Muslims run so many of our gas stations. Can they blow up any of them on cue?

21 posted on 04/25/2002 8:57:40 AM PDT by syriacus
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Another article on Gumshuda, husband of three.

http://www.pennyharrisfoundation.org/Accomplishments.htm#Couple%20Found%20Dead%20in%20Reservouir


Couple Found Dead In Reservoir

April 19, 2002

By LARRY SMITH, Courant Staff Writer

EAST WINDSOR -- An empty taxi cab and a trail of clothes led police to the bottom of the town reservoir and two corpses Thursday morning.

How the cab's driver and one of his three wives ended up in the reservoir in East Windsor Park is a mystery.

Mohammad Gumshuda, a 53-year-old Afghan immigrant , and Simmer Hider, who police said was 22 or 23, , were found in 10 feet of water 100 feet from shoreby police divers. Police are waiting for autopsies and toxicology tests to be performed by the chief medical examiner's office.

Park maintainer Keith Tetro noticed something amiss as he made his early morning check of the park. He found the cab with its keys and a cell phone inside. He followed a trail of clothes and shoes leading down to the reservoir. He then called police.

"I figured there was something suspicious," Tetro said. "I don't see things like that around here. I've lived in this town all of my life and I don't think anyone has ever drowned here."

When police arrived they searched for the owners of the clothes and used the town's police dog, Gotcha, who kept indicating the trail ended at the reservoir, Officer Matthew Carl said. The dive team was called and it removed the bodies around 9:30 a.m.

Police said they are trying to find out if Hider was in the country legally. Gumshuda's first wife told police that he sponsored Hider's immigration from Afghanistan to the United States, but police could not confirm that Thursday, Carl said.

She also told police that having more than one wife is acceptable in their culture. Islam permits a man to marry more than one woman under certain circumstances. Gumshuda and his three wives lived in the same apartment at 33 Summer Court, police said.

Gumshuda was an independent cab driver who picked up his fares at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks through people calling his cell phone number. Hider spoke no English and was not educated, Carl said.

Gumshuda and Hider were seen at the park sometime before 4 p.m. Wednesday and then went back there before 2 a.m. Thursday, Carl said. What happened after that is uncertain.

Carl said police are not sure if it was a murder/suicide or if one of the two had an emergency and the other tried to help out and both drowned. Family members told police the two were afraid of water. There was no visible trauma to the bodies, he said.

Gumshuda's three brothers visited the scene before the bodies were removed from the park. Visibly shaken, the three cried as they knelt to view the bodies.

"We lost two of our family," Gumshuda's brother, Abdul, said by telephone Thursday afternoon. "It's a bad time for us. I can't even talk - it's not a time to say anything."

Yar Kohsar, a friend of Gumshuda, described him as a friendly man who spent most of his time driving his cab.

Kohsar said he met the family in the Hartford area and that Gumshuda visited his Wethersfield home. He said he heard about the deaths through his son.

"Why they went down there I don't know," Kohsar said. "He was such a very nice man. I was shocked."


22 posted on 06/05/2003 5:03:13 PM PDT by syriacus (Why DO liberals keep describing each other as THOUGHTFUL individuals?)
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To: syriacus
It looks like the name Gumshuda might mean "missing" or "lost."

http://www.ibnesafi.com/ibnesafi/imrlist.htm

gumSHuda SHeHzaadi (The Lost Princess)


http://www.cs.cornell.edu/gupta/images/diwali_01_gang.htm

Missing (gumshuda): 
23 posted on 06/05/2003 5:10:45 PM PDT by syriacus (Why DO liberals keep describing each other as THOUGHTFUL individuals?)
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To: syriacus
Gumshuda seems to be the name of a program for trying to locate missing people. It was mentioned in an article that talks of Punjabi men being forced by the Indian government to work as spies in Pakistan.


http://www.the-week.com/20jul09/events8.htm

GURDASPUR'S MISSING MEN

Investigation: Intelligence agencies force them into spying,say the women of the district in Punjab. In most cases, they die or are jailed in Pakistan.
...
When men in border villages of Punjab disappear, their families don't approach the police or run photographs on Gumshuda, a programme Doordarshan hosts to track down the missing. [snip]
24 posted on 06/05/2003 5:29:29 PM PDT by syriacus (Why DO liberals keep describing each other as THOUGHTFUL individuals?)
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