12 from Delhi killed in Kerala boat capsize incident
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 18:09
New Delhi: Twelve people, including ten belonging to three families, from the national capital were among those who met their watery grave when the boat they were travelling in capsized during a fun trip in Kerala's Idukki district, officials said on Wednesday.

Of the 12 deceased, one was a teenaged boy, two were men and nine women, including a minor girl.

Incidentally, the ten members of three families belong to west Delhi's Paschim Vihar and out of this, two families had gone together for a trip to Thekkady, a wildlife sanctuary in the district, where the incident took place last evening.

Three members each of the two families, who had gone as part of a 10-member group for the holiday, were killed in the mishap.

Pradeep Jain, an official of a pharmaceutical company, his wife Sandhya and daughter Shruti died, while Shruti's husband Baladutt and a nine-year-old girl Nidhi survived.

Their neighbours Vimla Jain, Sangeeta Sharma and Partha Sharma (19) also died, officials said, adding it was Nidhi who identified the bodies.

Aruna Kaura, her daughter Sudhi and relatives Anika Kaura and Renu Kaura from Paschim Vihar also died in the incident. Earlier, authorities had said that Renu belonged to Punjab.

The other two deceased are Harinder Singh from Janakpuri and Saliha.

The toll in the incident has crossed 40 with the recovery of ten more bodies. Besides the 12 victims from Delhi, nine are from Tamil Nadu, five from West Bengal, four from Andhra Pradesh and three from Karnataka.

Kerala Government officials said the bodies of victims belonging to the capital will be flown to the city soon after the post mortem is over.

"The government is taking all measures to help the families of the victims in Delhi. The bodies will be flown to the capital soon after the post mortem and embalming is over," a senior official said.

A control room has been set up in Kerala House in Delhi where people can contact for details. The numbers are 011-23342320/30411500. The Kerala helpline numbers are 09446052361 and 04869222620.

The victim from Punjab has been identified as Rana Gowda. The deceased who belong to West Bengal are Meena Das, Kalpana Das, Nirmala Das, Anoopa Bhandari and Deepak Kaur. All are from Kolkata.

Two of the victims from Andhra Pradesh are minors -- four-year-old Sai Mansi and Devendra Verma (13). The others are Sunil Kumar and Sneha. Apart from Verma who is from Guntur, all others are from Hyderabad.

Three victims from Karnataka are Vijaya Sailesh, Soorya Prakash, and Rajeshekaran.

Those from Tamil Nadu are Aditya, Anusha Devi, Sandhya, Dharani, Jayaprakash, Rahul, Ilakia, Prakatheswari and Sudha.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 18:09

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