Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Cargo flights requested to repatriate bodies from Bahrain

Indian community leaders in Bahrain are urging officials to permit cargo flights to repatriate dead bodies.

India has banned commercial flights until further notice as part of a lockdown to combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19).

Of the nine Indians who have died in Bahrain in the past 16 days, the bodies of five remain in morgues at public hospitals.

Malavika Manojan, 16, who died from a terminal illness on March 21 was cremated in Askar cemetery in the presence of her parents, while 28-year-old Ahmed Ayoub, who died in a motorbike crash in Ghufool last Monday, was buried in a local cemetery the following day.

Two others were repatriated on cargo flights last Wednesday to Kochi, Kerala.

Bodies of Rajan Raman, 47, an accountant who died of a heart attack on March 25, and 52-year-old Reghunathan Kuniyil, who committed suicide in his Muharraq accommodation on March 26, were sent on Gulf Air cargo flights.

“Cargo flights should be opened to repatriate dead bodies,” said World NRI Council GCC Humanitarian Aid director Sudheer Thirunilath.

“With India banning commercial flights, we need to look at other options – the last thing we need is to see families waiting for dead bodies.”

Currently, due to Covid-19 restrictions, cargo flights are limited to transporting essential items.
06/04/20 Gulf Daily News/Zawya

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