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Friday, July 12, 2013 10:15:06 AM (IST)  

Udupi: Pall of gloom in Malpe as John Vikram Martis laid to rest

Udupi: Pall of gloom in Malpe as John Vikram Martis laid to rest

Pics: Umesh Marpalli
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SM)



Udupi, Jul 12: A pall of gloom descended over Bailakere, Malpe here as the mortal remains of John Vikram Martis (36) were brought to the residence and later laid to rest at St Anne's Church, Thottam here on Friday July 12.

A large number of relatives, friends and well-wishers visited the family's residence to pay their last respects.

Speaking to reporters, John's brother Vijay Martis said that it was a Taliban camp fight in Afghanistan that had resulted in a bomb blast which killed seven persons including John Martis on July 2.

He said that John, a BCom graduate, was a full time employee with a multi-contracting private defence company where he was working in the finance department. Vijay said that he too is employed with the same company and will continue working for it.

Vijay added that he did not know exactly how the attack took place. "The one who could explain (Vijay) is no more with us," he said.

"Bomb blasts are common in Afghanistan, every day there are 2 to 3 blasts taking place. John used to travel frequently and had been to Afghanistan 5-6 times previously," he said.

He expressed his gratitude to the Indian embassy and said that because of their coordination, the family could get John's mortal remains in just 10 days. He also thanked union minister Oscar Fernandes and ministry of external affairs and said, "As a citizen of India I am thankful to them all."

He added, "I do not have any complaint against the company. Our brother's life is already gone, and we will not ask for compensation. We are grateful to them."

Asked whether John had any plans to return, Vijay replied in the negative. "He had been working for 18 months and was very happy with his job," he said, adding that there was nothing to investigate in the matter.


Earlier Report

Mangalore: Mortal remains of John Vikram Martis brought to city

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore
Pics: Oneil D'Souza

Mangalore, Jul 12: The mortal remains of John Vikram Martis (36) from Malpe Bailakere, Udupi, who was killed in a bomb blast incident in Afghanistan in the first week of July, were brought to city on Friday July 12 early morning.

Martis, an employee of United Nations Organization, had been deputed to Afghanistan to work as an accountant for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces deployed in Afghanistan. He had been working in that country since the last four years.

A native of Thottam in Udupi, Martis died on July 2, along with three other Indians.

He is survived by his mother Jessy Martis and two brothers.

The body, which was brought to Mangalore International Airport by Jet Airways flight at 7 am, was taken to Udupi.

The last rites will be held the same evening at Thottam church. The funeral cortege will leave at 4 pm from residence 'Vinod Villa, Bailakere, Udupi to Thottam church and the final rites will be conducted at 4.30 pm.


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Comments on this article
Sydney n Joshna, Nakre, Dubai
Monday, July 15, 2013

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and May his soul Rest in Peace. - Aunty Lydia, Sydney N Joshna

Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Late.John Vikram Martis for his untimely,unexpected demise.Let the departed soul rest in eternal peace and may God grant strength to withstand the loss to his family.Thanq.

Martis, Udupi, Kandhahar
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Thank you Sis. for your assumption and for your hope. Pls uplift us (thousands of Foreigners), Who are working under NATO / ISAF .

Raison, Perampalli/Bagram Afn
Saturday, July 13, 2013

May his soul rest in peace.

Sunil Fernandes, Kota
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Govt should have given state honor as he died while serving UNO peace keeping mission.

charan, udupi
Saturday, July 13, 2013

May your soul rest in peace.

Rodrigues, blore
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sanjay Aithal,

It is not a question of giving mercy for indians or any other nationals besides saudi arabians. Saudization is only for saudis to make them employable.

If any country's government does not provide jobs for its youth then the youth will become jobless, frustrated, and become trouble-makers/ rowdy-sheeters/terrorists etc. If saudi arabia does not provide jobs for its youth, those youth could get influenced by idealogical thinking in a madrassa and could turn into terrorists etc. against western interests / society.

Similarly, if mangalore's youth are jobless, they will become trouble makers and become influenced by idealogical associations like RSS /VHP / Bajrang Dal, and slap women like how these political activists from SRS /HJV did so, in pub attack or home-stay attack. Get it?

RONALD LAWRENCA, ajekar / bagram afganistha
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Heartfelt condolences to his family & friends. May your soul rest in peace.

S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Heartfelt condolence his family, RIP, J. Vikram Martis

Syed Kazi, INDIA
Saturday, July 13, 2013

RIP Dear friend. heartfelt condolences to the parents and family

@ Amar Nathal- This is not the right time to discuss politics. In Saudi, not thousands but more than 12 lakh Indians are living. They feel safe and secure there unlike INDIA where communal violence, riots and RAPES are the order of the day.
Can u tell me why America and UK attacked IRAQ- is it for WMD or for OIL.Now tell me who are the real terrorists. We should be careful for going to work with the American military operations. We can buy peace and happiness for our family with Rupees, Riyals or Dirhams. We should think before going after DOLLARS.
I feel very painful to state that my most respected teacher( Mr Venkat )lost his beloved son while working for NATO

Sanjay Aithal, Udupi
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Yes brother, then You guys stop going to work in UK and America. Then what about Saudi Government Are they having least humanity? They are planning to expel thousands of Indians with in a month. What mercy do they have?

Syed Kazi, INDIA
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sanjay Aithal, Pls come out of your wrong knowledge. Saudi Govt is not expelling any one. They are just telling every one to live and work legally. First they gave 3 months and now they have given another 4 months to correct the legal status.we Indians are trapped by the mess created by the Saudi citizens who sell the visas to the gullible people like us.We buy these visas, go there and search job and work with other saudis / companies. What the saudi govt says that you should work for the person who called you and not for others.
That is why the govt has given 7(3 4) months time to get registered with whom you are working, IF not leave the company. Unfortunately there are thousands of Indians who worked for other saudis could not get renewed their residency permits. Even for such Indians also the saudi govt gave a chance to find a job with other saudi and get registerd.
The saudi govt do not want to see other foreigners working / doing business independently.They want to see every foreigner to work with the the saudi / co, with whom they are registerd
We should be thankful to Saudi govt for giving 7 months to correct the legal status.

Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/Dubai/New York,USA.
Saturday, July 13, 2013

May the soul of John Vikram Martis rest in eternal peace. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family and friends.

Ambrose D Mello, Pangala / Mumbai
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Very tragic. R I P dear John.
May his bereaved family get the
strength to bear this great loss.

Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah
Friday, July 12, 2013

John Vikram Martis...Rest in Peace..

Lancy Henry Moras, Moushmi Creations
Friday, July 12, 2013

Dearest sorrowful Martis family from Malpe, kindly accept our deep and heartfelt sympathies and we assure our holy prayers for the John's innocent soul to RIP Amen.

Wilson Lewis, Pune/Kalmady
Friday, July 12, 2013

Dear Aunty, Vinod, Vijay and all family members. Accept our heartfelt condolences. May his Soul rest in eternal peace.

Akram hasan, ullal
Friday, July 12, 2013

Heartiest Condolences to his family.

Friday, July 12, 2013

please accept our heartfelt condolences.may his soul rest in peace

Anand Pinto, Mangalore/Bangalore/Houston
Friday, July 12, 2013

Dear Vijay & all members of the Martis family
Please accept our hearfelt condolences on the passing away of John. Be rest assured he is in a better place and his memories give you and the family the strength to carry on. May his soul rest in peace and be with the Lord and angels carry him.

Clayton Ashley Dcruz, Mangalore
Friday, July 12, 2013


juliana, udupi
Friday, July 12, 2013

He died for a noble cause. He will live in our hearts for ever. This I assume is the first NATO body at the church. Hope to be the last. May the good God now at least enlighten the mind of the concerned and stop killing the innocent. Rest in peace dear brother. Pray for us from where you are now.

Pius Cutinha, Mumbai
Friday, July 12, 2013

Heartfelt Condolences! Rest in Peace

Friday, July 12, 2013

Heartfelt condolences to his parents, family & friends. RIP John.

Joy fernandes, Manglore / rome
Friday, July 12, 2013

Untimely death. Heartfelt sympathies to his family members. May his soul rest in peace.

Sonal, Chikmangalore
Friday, July 12, 2013

Dear Vikram,
May your soul rest in peace.
To all the members of the family Good Lord comfort and console and give strength to bear the loss.

Our heartfelt condolences to you all .May

oswald, mangalore
Friday, July 12, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to you all May Vikram's soul rest in peace.

Friday, July 12, 2013


Friday, July 12, 2013

Dinesh, What will do with thousands of Indians working in Saudi Arabia? Saudi is the no. one breeding ground of International terrorism. They lubricate it with oil money.

Avinash, Kasaragod/Bangalore
Friday, July 12, 2013

There is a point is Dinesh Shetty's comments.

Usually everyone goes abroad to improve their financial strength. But financial benefit is not more valuer than own life. Am i right ??

Wilson Furtado, Brahmavar/ Abudhabi
Friday, July 12, 2013

Heartfelt condolences to his family members. May the Lord give them enough strength to bear the loss.
May Vikram's soul rest in peace.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Untimely death. Heartfelt sympathies to his family members. May his soul rest in peace.

WILFRED D'SOUZA, kulshekar/saudi-arabia
Friday, July 12, 2013

May the Almighty Lord grant Eternal Rest to his soul and give strength and courage to his Family members to bear the loss.

Walter Cyril Pinto, Immidiate Past President, Catholic Sabha, Kallianpur Udupi
Friday, July 12, 2013

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and strength to his Parents Brothers and loved ones the strength to bear this loss

Deepak, Mangalore
Friday, July 12, 2013

It is sad to hear, our heartfelt condolences to Vikram's family members.

Victor Dsouza, Mangalore
Friday, July 12, 2013

Heartfelt Condolences. Your Soul Rest In Peace.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Heartfelt condolences to his parents, family & friends. RIP John.

Yamby, Qatar / Mangalore
Friday, July 12, 2013

RIP - John.

Heartiest Condolences to his family.

Carol Dsouza, Kinnigoli/ Singapore
Friday, July 12, 2013

Dear Vijay & all the members of the family
Our heartfelt condolences to you all .May Vikram's soul rest in peace.

Felix Gonsalves, Mangalore
Friday, July 12, 2013

RIP John Vikram Martis...

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