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Soundarya dies in a crash

Soundarya campaigning in upcoming elections was killed alongwith three others on April 17 when their copper crashed after takeoff near Bangalore.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Bangalore
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2004 09:18 PM IST

Actress Soundarya, a movie star campaigning in upcoming elections was among four people killed Saturday when their helicopter crashed after takeoff near Bangalore, police said.

Actress Soundarya, a leading light in Telugu-language cinema, was travelling to Andhra Pradesh on a campaign stop when the privately owned helicopter crashed, a police spokesman said.

The four-seater helicopter caught fire minutes after takeoff from Jakkur airstrip on the outskirts of Bangalore, the spokesman said. The bodies were charred beyond recognition.

Investigations were under way to determine what started the fire.

Soundarya had recently joined Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which is vying for another term in national elections that starting Tuesday.

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