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Pawan Hans chopper crash: ONGC staffer’s family receives body, holds funeral in Mumbai

ONGC employee V Bindulal Babu was cremated in Vasai on Friday afternoon, six days after the crash; his body was the last to be found

mumbai Updated: Jan 19, 2018 16:42 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
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ONGC employee V Bindulal Babu was cremated on Friday afternoon in Vasai.(Photo: Salim Taj)

Six days after the Pawan Hans chopper crash, ONGC employee V Bindulal Babu’s family in Mumbai received his body on Friday morning. His funeral was held at Evershine City crematorium in Vasai (East) in the afternoon.

His seven-year-old son lit the funeral pyre, aided by the deceased’s younger brother.

Babu’s body, the last to be recovered from sea, was sent for post-mortem on Thursday to Cooper hospital in Vile Parle, from where it was transported to his house in Evershine Solitaire complex, Vasai, on Friday morning.

Relatives said the 50-year-old’s body was identified by his wife from the T-shirt he had worn and his handkerchief.

Babu’s seven-year-old son lit the pyre, with the help of his uncle. (Photo: Salim Taj)

Babu, who worked with the ONGC as deputy general manager, is survived by wife Shyni, 42, a diabetologist who runs a clinic in the suburb, and their two children — a daughter who studies in Class 12, and a son, who is Class 2 student, Rajan said. “My cousin was​ mild-mannered and hard-working man. It’s a big loss.”

The family is going through a very traumatic time, Rajan said. Shyam Babu, 60, the deceased’s older brother, ​came from Kerala for ​a​ DNA test at Cooper hospital after some body parts were found, but they were not Babu’s. Earlier this week, ​the family was given a body with the limbs and torso surtured together, but Shyni refused to accept it as the torso was much taller than Babu’s, he revealed, adding that Babu’s wife is emotionally shattered.

Speaking about Babu, his cousin said he had been a courageous man,who in 2005, had saved around 100 people after a fire broke out at the oil rig.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 13:23 IST