HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Bodies of rail victims cremated

Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Hindustan Times  Ferozepur, June 27, 2014
First Published: 11:17 IST(27/6/2014) | Last Updated: 11:20 IST(27/6/2014)

Bodies of the three local residents, including a couple, who died in the Rajdhani train accident on Tuesday midnight at Chhapra in Bihar, were cremated here on Thursday in the presence of a large number of people from all walks of life.

Earlier, the bodies were airlifted from New Delhi to Ferozepur.

It may be recalled that Pawan Dhawan (50), chief inspector at the loco unit of the local divisional railway manager's office; his wife Neelam (47); son Nishant (15); daughter Mauli (10); his childhood friend and colleague Sanjeev Beri (49), inspector, loco unit; his wife Bharti (45); son Ashu (22); and daughter Aashnaa (18) were going to Darjeeling for a holiday.

On Monday night, the two families boarded Punjab Mail from Ferozepur and later Rajdhani Express from New Delhi to reach their destination. But the train met with an accident at Chhapra on Tuesday night.

Pawan, Neelam and Bharti Beri died on the spot while five members of the families were injured.

Today evening, a chopper of Indian Air Force arrived here with bodies. State BJP chief Kamal Sharma, who happened to be a neighbourer of deceased Pawan and Neelam at Preet Nagar, besides a battery of local civil, police and railway officials and others received the bodies at the local Air Force station.

The moment bodies reached the respective residences of the deceased, tragic scenes were witnessed and all were seen in tears. Later, the bodies were taken for cremation.

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