Gulmarg cable car accident: Aircraft will take bodies of family killed from Mumbai to Nagpur
Mumbai city news: A pall of gloom descended on Old Subhedar Layout in south Nagpur after news of the tragedy broke outmumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2017 16:43 IST
The bodies of the Andraskar couple and their children — among the seven killed at Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg hill station after a tree fell on to a ropeway, causing a cable car to crash on Sunday — will be brought to Nagpur from Mumbai by air.
What terrible news! If confirmed this will be the first such incident with the Gulmarg cable car. My heart felt condolences to the families. https://t.co/wga3ENjZlG— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) June 25, 2017
Jayant Andraskar, his wife, Manisha and their daughters, Anagha and Janhvi, were killed after tree fell on to a cable and sent one of the cars crashing hundreds of feet below.
The Andraskars, residents of Shalimarbagh in northwest Delhi, were in Jammu and Kashmir on a family holiday. One of the girls was a Class 2 student, while the other was in playschool.
Jayant, a former divisional engineer with the local Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), an urban planning authority of Nagpur, had taught at a private engineering college before the family shifted to Delhi. Manisha was an architect-turned-homemaker. They went to Kashmir on June 22 for a week-long holiday, said Satish, Jayant’s younger brother.
A pall of gloom descended on Old Subhedar Layout in south Nagpur after news of the tragedy broke out. “My brother had told us about the trip before leaving and seemed enthusiastic. Who would have thought this would happen?” asked a sobbing Satish.
Family and friends, including neighbours, seemed to be in disbelief still. Jayant’s parents, Namdeorao and Bimal, broke down and were unable to speak, said sources.
Satish said local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator, Sudhakar Kohle, was trying to convince chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to send the bodies to Nagpur by air urgently. “If the bodies reach by Monday evening, the last rites can be performed by Tuesday morning,” he said.
First Published: Jun 26, 2017 16:40 IST