Accompanying the bereaved family members on the 415-km journey was the village head of Chak Zainab, from where two of the victims hailed, and a couple of officials deputed by the UP government to offer whatever assistance they might need. The charred bodies will be taken to Kathmandu from Pokhara on Tuesday for identification, an official quoted authorities in Nepal as saying.
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A family member each of the four young men from UP’s Ghazipur killed in Sunday’s plane crash in Nepal’s Pokhara left for Kathmandu by road on Monday, hoping to quickly bring back their loved ones’ bodies.
If the identification process is completed without a hitch, the bodies of Sonu Jaiswal, Anil Rajbhar, Vishal Sharma and Abhishek Kushwaha could arrive in their native villages earliest by Wednesday or a day later.
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“We are in constant touch with the families,” Ghazipur DM Aryaka Akhauri said. Divisional commissioner Kaushal Raj Sharma said an ambulance each would be provided by the state government to ferry the bodies from the India-Nepal border to their native villages. In Dharwa village, Abhishek’s friend Zafar Abbas bemoaned that the happy responsibility of planning a “surprise birthday bash” for the 25-year-old on his scheduled return home on Monday had been replaced by the pain of waiting for his body to arrive. “He was to be back today, his birthday. Who would have thought we would be mourning his death instead of celebrating?” said Zafar, counting the hours outside Abhishek’s house along with former schoolmates.
The four friends had initially planned to travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu by road. The decision to take a flight instead was taken at the last minute.