Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Remembering those who perished in Air India terror attack

“The pain never goes away.”
Deepak Khandelwal will on Tuesday mark the 35th anniversary of the mass murder of 329 people on Air India Flight 182 from Canada.
A terrorist bomb exploded, taking down the passenger jet off the coast of Ireland on June 23, 1985.
The death count included more than 280 Canadian citizens. The bomb wiped out members of 29 families and the total included  86 children under the age of 12.
Two of those on board were Khandelwal’s sisters: Manju, 19, and Chandra, 21.
They were traveling to India to attend an uncle’s wedding.
Khandelwal was supposed to be on the flight but changed plans as he had a seminar to attend at the University of Calgary.
This year — because of the pandemic — there will be no official service to remember those who were killed. Typically, there are services held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, and at Humber Bay Park in Toronto.
Khandelwal, 52, who’s married with three children, will go alone to Humber Bay Park on Tuesday to remember his sisters.
His children “will never get to meet their aunts. It’s very difficult,” said Khandelwal, with the Air India Victims’ Families Association.
“The families hold services every year in order to not only remember our loved ones lost, but also to remind Canadians that we must remain vigilant against the threat and harms of terrorism.”
June 23 has also been designated by the Canadian government as the National Day of Remembrance to all Victims of Terrorism.
“We take a moment to reflect on others who have also been affected by the ills of terrorism,”  Khandelwal said.
23/06/20 Kevin Connor/Toronto Sun
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