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Mumbai bids farewell

mumbai Updated: May 23, 2010 23:54 IST
Megha Sood & Kiran Sonawane

A wooden casket carrying the body of Captain Habinder Singh Ahluwalia, co-pilot of flight IX-812 that crashed at Mangalore airport on Saturday, arrived at his residence in Andheri (East), a suburb of Mumbai, on Sunday.

Besides relatives and friends, the entire neighbourhood, which has a significant Sikh population, gathered to support the bereaved family.

Ahluwalia (42), a bachelor and youngest among brothers, was popular in Andheri's Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar where he had spent most of his life.

"He was very attached to his mother. Ten days ago when he visited her he had expressed his desire to get married," said Narendra Singh, a family friend and neighbour.

"This had thrilled his mother, who could not stop talking about it."

His mother, Kulwant Kaur, was speechless with grief on Sunday.

Ahluwalia's body will be taken to the gurudwara before cremation at the Parsiwada crematorium.

In Dombivli, a suburb in Kalyan, some 25 km north of Mumbai, neighbours and friends of Tejal Kamulkar (24) gathered at her home to mourn the airhostess' death.

Kamulkar's father identified her charred body from the gold chain stuck on it.

She was cremated late on Sunday evening.

The flight had two pilots and four cabin crew on board. None survived the crash.

By Sunday, the bodies of only three of the six AI staffers — including flight captain Z Glusica — had been identified.

(With inputs from Anshika Misra in Mangalore)