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Families of Kanishka crew members ask for memorial in India

world Updated: Jan 20, 2011 10:36 IST

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Families of crew members who died in the 1985 mid-air bomb explosion aboard an Air India flight have urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set up a memorial in Delhi to commemorate the tragedy.

"We do request your office to consider building a Kanishka memorial in Delhi for remembrance of those whose lives were sacrificed for no fault of their own," the families wrote in a letter to Singh, according to The Globe and Mail.

"The wreckage should be sent back to India for a memorial to commemorate the tragedy," they said.

"As you are aware that Canada and Ireland have built four memorials and one memorial respectively, but we have none in India," the newspaper said quoting the son of pilot Narendra Singh Hanse, wife of co-pilot Satwinder Singh Bhinder and mother of flight attendant Shyla Juju.

The ill-fated Montreal-New Delhi Air India Kanishka flight via Toronto and London had exploded mid-air 45 minutes before it was to land at London's Heathrow Airport, killing all 329 people on board, most of whom were Canadians of Indian descent.