Deadline for identifying crash victims

Informing this at a press conference here on Sunday, Union Minister K H Muniyappa hoped that the 12 unidentified bodies would be identified within a day or two. Apparently referring to the ‘missing body’ of Mohammed Subairzaid in the mortuary, he cited the examples of Tsunami and Godhra incidents where many bodies were either missing or unidentified. It may be noted that the unidentified 12 bodies in the mortuary include 10 males, one female and one female child. Subairzaid is a male child, who died in the air crash along with his sister and parents. Lauding the efforts of district administration for recovering all the 158 bodies and identifying about 90 per cent of the bodies, he said a decision on unidentified bodies (even after DNA tests) would be taken within two or three days.

He also clarified that the non identification of the body will not hamper the distribution of compensation.

Single window
Stating that a single window cell would be set up to issue death certificates, Muniyappa said the authorities concerned are working out the modalities. “The office to be opened in Mangalore may be functional from Tuesday,” he said.

Rs 4.75 cr compensation
Air India AGM Group Captain S G Amin (retd) said that so far a sum of Rs 4.75 crore interim relief has been given to 52 families that includes Rs 2 lakh to survivor Puttur Ismail. The distribution of interim relief will be continued on next Thursday and Friday. “The interim relief will not be given on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,” he stated.

Fake passport
To a query, Mangalore Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh said that so far he has not received any information on fake passports. Rumours were making the rounds that a few people who travelled in the ill-fated aircraft were possessing fake passports.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Prabhakar Sharma too was present.

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