Bahrain fire: Bodies arrive in TN
At least 17 ambulances have been kept ready at the cargo terminal to take the bodies to the villages.india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 11:17 IST
The bodies of 17 victims of a fire tragedy in Bahrain were brought to Chennai early on Wednesday by a Gulf Air flight.
The flight, GF 068, landed at about 8.20 am and the bodies will be taken to the respective villages of the victims after formalities with the police are completed.
A special police post has been set up at the airport terminal here for speedy facilitation of the formalities.
As many as 17 ambulances have been kept ready at the cargo terminal to take the bodies to the villages. They will be handed over to the family members at the respective district collectors' offices.
The victims were all workers belonging to Tamil Nadu who died after a devastating fire broke out in a three-storey building at a labour camp in the Bahraini capital Manama July 30.
Several workers were also injured as the camp housed at least 300 people.
Of the 17 victims, two were from the Perambalur district, eight from Cuddalore, about 450 km south of Chennai, and seven from Villupuram, 250 km south of Chennai.
The victims were from very poor families and only four of their families were present at the airport to receive the bodies.
There are around 130,000 Indians in Bahrain, many of whom are contract workers.