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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Victims of Kanishka bombing remembered

The High Commissioner in India, Lucie Edwards, said her country will take steps to prevent such attacks in future.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 17:20 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Terming the 1985 bombing of Air India aircraft Kanishka, which killed 329 people, as the "worst terrorist attack to hit Canada," the country's High Commissioner in India, Lucie Edwards, on Friday said her country will take steps to prevent such attacks in future.

"The people of Canada remember Kanishka air crash as the worst terrorist attack to hit our country till date," she said at a function at Om Indu Rural Hospital at Dhankot village near Gurgaon to mark the 21st anniversary of the tragedy on Friday.

A prayer was also held in remembrance of the victims.

On June 23, 1985, the mid-air explosion on board Air India Flight 182 killed all the 329 passengers after Khalistan separatists had placed bombs on the aircraft.

Om Indu Rural Hospital was built in the memory of Om and his wife Indu Jain and their two children Ruchiand Rikki, who were among those who lost their lives in the fateful crash.

The Canadian High Commissioner said she was "deeply touched by the initiative taken by the Jain family to counter grief and pain into a positive mission of providing joy to others through selfless service."

Edwards also launched Phase 3 of dental care project 'Smile' by flagging off ambulances for rural area.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Hanif Qureshi was also present on the occasion.