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Nepal crash victims’ bodies heading home

world Updated: May 16, 2012 23:46 IST
Utpal Parashar

Two days after an air crash in north-central Nepal claimed lives of 13 Indians, bodies of 10 victims started heading home on Wednesday.

Though the bodies had been airlifted to Kathmandu on Monday itself, post-mortem and identification of bodies had taken time. The Indian Embassy here said the bodies have been identified, relatives have been contacted and post-mortem and embalming completed.

“The mortal remains of 10 deceased have been handed over to their relatives,” said an embassy statement. These include bodies of Shiv Arora, Menaka Arora, Kamal Arora, M Handa, R Handa, Geeta Sachdev and Taruni Sachdev (all from Mumbai), Sudarshan (Chennai) and Krishna Chaitanya and Venkat Raman Ganti (Hyderabad).

“Relatives of V Gopi and Swarna Lakshmi have arrived in Kathmandu and will take the bodies to India after completion of formalities,” the statement added. The two Chennai sisters TK Sreevardhini and TK Sreepada are still undergoing treatment at a Pokhara hospital and are out of danger.

Their father TK Shreekanth is still unconscious. Relatives of the family are in Pokhara.

The mortal remains of the girls’ mother Latha Echambadi are in Kathmandu and will be handed over to relatives.