Special Air Force Aircraft Carries Bodies of 45 Indians from Kuwait to Kerala

GG News Bureau
Kochi, 14th June.
 A special Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft has departed from Kuwait, carrying the bodies of 45 Indian nationals who perished in a devastating fire in the Gulf country two days ago. The aircraft is expected to land in Kerala’s Kochi around 11 am before continuing its journey to Delhi. Gonda MP Kirti Vardhan Singh, who recently took charge as a junior minister in the foreign ministry and rushed to Kuwait, is also on board.

“A special IAF aircraft carrying mortal remains of 45 Indian victims in the fire incident in Kuwait has taken off for Kochi. MoS @KVSinghMPGonda, who coordinated with Kuwaiti authorities ensuring swift repatriation, is onboard the aircraft,” the Indian embassy in Kuwait announced.

Visuals shared online show ambulances on standby at the Cochin airport, ready to receive the bodies.

The tragic incident occurred on Wednesday when a massive fire broke out in a six-story building in Mangaf city, resulting in the deaths of at least 48 people. Among the 176 Indian workers in the housing facility, 45 died and 33 were hospitalized, according to the embassy. The remaining individuals are reported to be safe. The victims include 23 from Kerala, seven from Tamil Nadu, three from Uttar Pradesh, two from Odisha, and one each from Bihar, Punjab, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Haryana.

Singh reached Kuwait on Thursday and visited five hospitals where the injured Indian workers are receiving treatment. The embassy reported that the workers would be discharged progressively based on their health conditions.

During his visit, the minister met with First Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousuf Al-Sabah, who assured him of full support and assistance in the expedited repatriation of the bodies.

The bodies were charred beyond recognition, necessitating DNA testing to confirm the victims’ identities. Minister Singh stated that 48 bodies have been identified, including 45 Indians and three Filipinos. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed the tragic incident and announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh for the families of those who died in the Kuwait fire. The local administration in Kuwait is also investigating how more than 160 people were accommodated in the building.

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