Saturday, July 14, 2018

Indian family receives wrong dead body after mix-up in UAE

Abu Dhabi: In an unfortunate mix up of dead bodies, a bereaved Indian family in Kerala received the mortal remains of another man, who also died in Abu Dhabi around the same time, Khaleej Times has learnt.

The body of Kamatchi Krishnan, 39, hailing from Tamil Nadu was repatriated to the grieving relatives of Keralite expat, Nidhin Othayoth Kottaron, 29, who died last week in Abu Dhabi, sources close to the case have confirmed.

A relative of deceased Nidhin said the family realised there was a mix up when the coffin arrived in in Calicut, Kerala on Friday on an Air India flight.

The body of Krishnan is currently kept in the mortuary at a government hospital in Nidhin's native place in Wayanad, Kerala, awaiting relatives.

"We are not sure how this unfortunate incident happened. Our first priority is to support the families by expediting the repatriation of the body, which is still in the mortuary," an Indian embassy official told Khaleej Times.

Ranjan Dutta, Air India Manager for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain sector, said all required documents were submitted while repatriating the body.

"The human remains are booked on air consignment note based on the original documents produced to Air India or any carrier for that matter, which includes death certificate, police clearance, certification of passport cancellation by the embassy and cancelled passport of the deceased."
14/07/18 Anjana Sankar/Khaleej Times
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