Mangalore: Families Agree for Mass Funeral of Unidentified Victims


Mangalore: Families Agree for Mass Funeral of Unidentified Victims
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)

Mangalore, Jun 2:The families of the air crash victims, whose identities could not be established with the help of  DNA tests conducted with the help of blood samples taken from the close relatives, have given their nod for conducting mass burial of the unclaimed bodies. The burial, responsibility of which now rests on the district administration, is likely to be carried out near the Panambur beach in the city on Wednesday June 2.

City police commissioner, Seemant Kumar Singh, and in-charge district deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district, S A Prabhakar Sharma, held talks with the families concerned and put forward the proposal for mass funeral. The family members said that they have no other choice but to agree to this proposal, as the district administration said it has explored all avenues to establish the identities of the remaining bodies, but failed in its efforts.

Four families wanted to claim the bodies of four crash victims, expressing the opinion that they have reasons to believe that these bodies belong to their relatives who died in the crash. The deputy commissioner succeeded in convincing them not to persist with this demand. He said, this can lead to legal problems, as the scientific tests have said that the bodies do not belong to their families.

It is learnt that the district administration has agreed to the request made by the families that the funeral should be conducted in the presence of priests from all religions, who should offer prayers for the peace of the departed souls. It is learnt that members from eight out of the 12 families took part in the meeting.

As per records, bodies of Mohammed Zubair from Volakadu Udupi, his children, Zainab and Ziad, Navid Ibrahim, Vaman Prabhu Ashoknagar, Ignatius D’Souza Shaktinagar, Mohammed Ismail Hassan Jeppu, K K Shetty Kodiyalbail, Abubakker Siddiq Uppala, Abdul Aziz Uppala, Abdul Basheer K M Bekal, Sukumar Moilatti in Kerala, and crew member of the ill-fated aircraft, Sujata, have not been recovered. The district administration has said that non-identification of the bodies will not be a deterrent for issuing death certificates being issued by the single window system set up at the Air India office, which distributed 60 death certificates on Tuesday.

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  • Riyaz, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Jun 3 2010

    Death is certain to everyone on earth. That is the only thing that can be 100% guaranteed. Then why this hatred towards others, why this mud slinging at each other, why the communal riots between two religions? Anyone is gaining anything by doing so? Even if anybody is gaining it's a temporary relief as you have to depart from this world one day. Then why all this?? Henceforth please stop all this and lets all cherish the beautiful and wonderful things around us that almighty has given us. People used to mention Mangalore once upon a time as the most calm city. But now, where are we standing? Let us all join together and make every effort to maintain the dignity of our city. By now everyone must be aware of Mangalore around the world due to Air India. As a mark of respect to all the departed souls, let us all join our hands together to eradicate all the elements responsible for this and make our city peaceful for once, it was known for.

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  • lathif, mangalore/riyadh

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    vichitra jagattu,this is the best sample, hindu,muslim,cristian ellaru onde devara makkalu

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  • Afraz Hussain, Muscat/karkala

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    may the victims who havent yet be identified rest in peace. may god bless and give courage to the family of all. i am deepend by the fact that bodies of little kids ziad and zainab havent been recovered yet. i was expecting since these two lads were small,it would have been easy for dna test authorities to identify them and hand over to their families. anyways, fact is always bitter than fiction.we should finally dispose all of them may be in mass or else.i hope all the bodies need a respectful and sysytematic funeral..god bless all the souls of victims. amen..

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  • nasir tk, mangalore

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    the contribution of the volounteers and the karnataka police was tremendously appreciable during the mangalre plane crash especially in wenlock hospital

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  • Anna, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    I agree with Richard.
    As a mark of respect to the departed soul, a monument should be built...

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  • Antony Herbert Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney,Australia

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    Under the circumstances, I suppose this was the best course of action available to the authorities and it is heartening to hear that the concerned families have given their consent. May their Soul Rest in Peace.

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  • JALEEL, K S A

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    GOVT SPENDING LOTOF MONEY FOR USELESS LOOK THAT BULDING UGLY NO MAINTAINCE NO PAINT MR YEDDY LOOK THAT BULDING HOW ITS????????????????

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  • Patrick, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    Any brieved family would not have reached to this shocking state of affairs had the Administration to perform its obligations. I was a witness to the happenings at Wenlock Hospital. At the very outset there was no procedure backed by policy to identify the bodies. It was evident that the Administration was keen to get rid of the bodies for one it had no alternative arrangements to store them and two, get out of the mess at the earliest. Any claim was welcome. The buzz word doing the rounds was " take any body and atlest you will get the claim". The bodies were dished out without veryfying the antecedents of the claimants including DNA. 70 odd bodies that remained, rotted on the floor of the morgue overnight. And now the Administration feels it is its obligation to dispose the uclaimed 12 bodies under the " Disaster Recovery Management Act. 2006". The blame squarely lies on the Administration for failing us even in this hour of grief. The 22 families and the 32 claimants should not give in. Instead they approach the high court with a stay on all settlements, a petition to produce the bodies and a PIL to seek policy in place to address such disasters. Letus be responsible to avert a tragedy in tragedy for the sake of our generations. The train tragedy in West Bengal is another example of a repeat of an insensitive Administration and the political class.
    For HaniK, Mangalore - Death is indeed certain but let it be honourable.

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  • Richard Rodrigues, Niddodi

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    We pray for their soul. May their soul rest in peace. I request the district administration to build a monument for all these departed souls with their names, place and their photos craved in granite

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    In this very forum people were talking about giving a decent burial. Is this mass cremation can be called as decent burial!!??? Instead of arguing on the identity of unidentifiable bodies, (if the relatives are sure about the travel of the person),then take a body given as per DNA test and bury as your own person which could be called as a decent burial.For the dead it doesnt matter, whether they are burried or burnt.

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  • Patrick, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    Well said Hanik, very well said.
    What ritual are they going to follow by the way? Will they burn or bury the bodies, as you have rightly said, it doesn't really matter as long as the fanatics don't come out creating trouble at the last moment. inter faith marriages we have heard of, this would probably be the first case inter faith cremation.

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  • B.M.ZAFFER, thonse, DUBAI UAE

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    Inna-lillahi wa-inna-ilahi Rajioon. May Allah bless all the soul in peace. This will be a lesson for all those who forget the creator and fight on the basis of cast, group and religion. One can avoid anything in this world but not death. Everyone must taste the last breath either by normal or by accident. The above news is an eye-opener for all of us . For angel of death, all are equal. For the protector/creator no one superior to others. Then why we fight & humiliate each other on basis of religion & caste….??

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  • Hanik, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    All human being are God's creation and once dead the soul is released and the body which had come from the dust has to go to the dust.
    "Inna-lillahi Wa-inna-ilaihi' Raji'oon", "For death is certain to one who is born...thou shall not grieve for what is unavoidable" and “May the departed soul rest in peace” to all the departed soul in this unfortunate tragedy.
    All religions are given equal preference thus India is diverse in its religions. Hence we can say that Modern India presents a picture of unity in diversity where people of different faiths and beliefs live together in peace and harmony and world peace is the only motto of all Indians.
    May God bless all of us! Jai Hind!!

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