Chennai family among crash victims

Chennai family among crash victims

A pilgrimage to Mukthinath Temple, a holy shrine for Hindus in Nepal, apparently ended unfulfilled for a Chennai-based software professional’s family who were among the casualties of Monday’s air crash in the Himalayan kingdom.

While 36-year-old T K Srikanth is “lying unconscious” in a hospital near the crash site in Nepal, his wife Latha was killed in the crash, one of the family’s close relatives in Chennai, K Srinivasan, said.

However, their two young daughters, Srivardhini, aged 9, and 6-year-old Sripada, miraculously survived the crash with seemingly minor injuries, a shattered Srinivasan said, based on the information reaching him from Nepal over phone. Srinivasan’s wife and Latha are sisters. “We are really in a state of shock and feel completely shattered to think that these two little girls (Srivardhini and Sripada) will now have to live without their mother for the rest of their lives,” the bereaved uncle said.

The more poignant side to the tragedy was that it was not yet clear whether the two girls were aware that their mother was no more, even as their father, Srikanth, had been rushed to hospital.

Srikanth, a software engineer with Infosys was in the US and had returned to Chennai only last year. Two other relatives of the affected family are rushing from here to Delhi en route to Kathmandu to bring back the stranded children and also receive Latha’s body, added an inconsolably wailing Srinivasan.

Another person killed in the Nepal air crash has been identified as a Vaishnavite Temple priest from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, Battachariyar L S Sudarshanam.

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