Friday, March 26, 2021

Calicut crash: Wife of co-pilot urges release of Rs 10 lakh aid

Agra: The wife of late Captain Akhilesh Sharma, who died in Calicut airplane crash of an Air India’s Vande Bharat flight last year in August, has written a letter to Malappuram district magistrate for the release Rs 10 lakh promised to her from the Kerala chief minister’s distress relief fund.

In the letter, Sharma’s wife, Megha, wrote that she hasn’t received the promised amount even after it was announced six months ago. She said, “The money is much needed during these hard times so as to ensure a secure future for me and my son.” Talking to TOI, Megha said she had earlier sent a letter to the authorities concerned but nothing happened. “I have again sent a reminder as I did not receive any reply from the Malappuram collector. I tried to contact him on WhatsApp too but there has been no reply,” she claimed.

“I went into shock when I got to know about my husband’s demise… that time I was pregnant and was going through medical complications… When I came into senses, life had already taken U-turn for me,” she said, adding that now she wants a secure future for her son as he is the only hope left for her. And for his good education and career, she needed the money.

She said, “I can’t do a job as of now as he is very small but will surely join something later for survival.” Akhilesh, who hailed from Mathura, was part of the Vande Bharat mission, as a co-pilot, that aimed at bringing back people stranded overseas amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the letter issued from the office of the district collector of Malappuram to Mumbai and Mathura collector on November 4 last year, the government of Kerala has sanctioned financial assistance from the Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund to all those killed in the aeroplane crash at Karipur International Airport, Malappuram.

26/03/21 Anuja Jaiswal/Times of India

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