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Mourning, but no bodies to grieve over

While Sameena Abdul Karim’s (35) body has been identified, the bodies of her husband Mohammed Ziad (45) and the couple’s children — Mohammed Subair Zaid (5) and Zainab Mohammed Ziad (3) are yet to be identified. What has made the situation worse is the fact that there are no male children’s bodies in the mortuary. Out of the 22 unidentified bodies, there are 20 men’s bodies, one woman’s body and one female child’s body.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Sameena’s father Karim Saab said that they don’t know what to do for they don’t have a body too to be claimed. Incidentally, the four of them had come to Mangalore to attend Ziad’s mother Haalima’s funeral. But fate had its own way that they too perished in the aircrash.

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When the family members reached Wenlock hospital mortuary, there were two children’s bodies. But the family members left the place to identify the bodies of Ziad at other hospitals. By the time they returned, they were horrified to learn that somebody else had taken the body leaving only one body.

“The only body has a pendent with a mark H M which may not be ours. Hence, where are our little children’s bodies,” they question. The couple had four children, but they left two elder children at Dubai with their relatives as they could not get tickets at the last moment. And only four of them came to Mangalore.

The two surviving children have arrived on Monday. Though the family members are waiting for DNA reports to identify Ziad’s body, they don’t know what to do as there are no bodies in the mortuary.  When contacted, Mangalore Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh said that DNA test would prove the truth. But when queried about no male children’s bodies in the mortuary, he said “wait for the DNA test.”

Seven others killed too

Seven other relatives of Karim Saab too were on the ill-fated flight. While three of them are their neighbours — Irshad Ahmed, Neha Parveen and Affan Ahmed (infant), four others are residents of Doddanagudde in Udupi. They are deceased Ibrahim Saheb (45), his wife Sameena Saheb (39), son Issam Ibrahim (16) and daughter Rida Ibrahim (10), all natives of Kirimanjeshwara at Baindur in Udupi district.

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