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Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Bodies of 11 Indians killed in Dubai bus crash flown in

A total of 12 Indians were among 17 people of various nationalities killed in Dubai on Thursday when a bus, filled mostly with Eid vacationers coming from Oman, entered a restricted lane and rammed into a low-clearance sign.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2019 23:51 IST
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The low-clearance signboard that hangs over a car-only off-ramp of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, a major highway in Dubai, smashed through the left side of the bus and killed almost everyone seated on that side. (Photo Credit: Dubai Police)
The low-clearance signboard that hangs over a car-only off-ramp of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, a major highway in Dubai, smashed through the left side of the bus and killed almost everyone seated on that side. (Photo Credit: Dubai Police)
         

The mortal remains of the 11 Indians killed in a horrific road accident in Dubai were repatriated on Sunday while the body of a 22-year-old Indian was cremated in Dubai, an official said.

A total of 12 Indians were among 17 people of various nationalities killed in Dubai on Thursday when a bus, filled mostly with Eid vacationers coming from Oman, entered a restricted lane and rammed into a low-clearance sign.

The repatriation of 11 Indians was complete when the last three bodies were flown to Mumbai on an Air India flight, the official who was making arrangements for the flights was quoted as saying by the Gulf News.

The flight departed at 3.39am Sunday. “All mortal remains were moved as scheduled. The procedures were completed by 11.45pm,” he said.

Meanwhile, Roshni Moolchandani, the youngest Indian victim killed in the crash, was cremated in Dubai on Saturday at the Jebel Ali crematorium.

Her final rites were completed by her family who came over from India, said a social worker, who was assisting the family.

Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul told the paper Saturday that the mortal remains of the Indian victims would be repatriated free of cost by Air India in cases where employers were not bearing expenses.

The consulate had issued travel documents for free and also offered to bear the cost of embalming in cases where the families needed support.

The deceased Indians have been identified as Vikram Jawahar Thakur, Vimal Kumar Karthikeyan Kesavapilaikar, Kiran Johny Johny Vallithottathil Paily, Firoz Khan Aziz Pathan, Reshma Firoz Khan Aziz Pathan, Ummer Chonokatavath Mammad Puthen, Nabil Ummer Chonokatavath, Vasudev Vishandas, Rajan Puthiyapurayil Gopalan, Jamaludeen Muhamedunni Jamaludeen, Prabula Madhavan Deepa Kumar and Roshni Moolchandani, the Consul General added.

The bus, belonging to Omani bus transport company Mwasalat and carrying 31 passengers, crashed into a height barrier that cut the left side of the bus and killed passengers sitting on that side. Dubai Police blamed the Omani driver, who was moderately injured, for the accident, saying “at times a small mistake or negligence can lead to adverse consequences”.

First Published: Jun 09, 2019 23:51 IST

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