The Indian Embassy and local authorities helped repatriate the body.
The body of the Indian man who died on Alitalia’s New Delhi-Milan flight was flown out from Abu Dhabi International Airport due to timely intervention of Indian Embassy and local authorities.
Kailash Chandra Saini, 52, from the Jhunjhunun district of Rajasthan, had died on the flight after suffering a heart attack on Monday. The flight made an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi airport. The body was taken to Mafraq Hospital and death certificate issued on Tuesday.
Saini’s 26-year-old son Heera Lal was supposed to fly out with the mortal remains of his father to New Delhi on Wednesday morning but things didn’t go as per plan due to procedural delays.
Embassy counsellor M Rajamurugan said the ‘necessary approvals’ were attained from New Delhi airport by Wednesday afternoon.
“The embassy was reopened on Tuesday night to continue the local documentation procedures. Still there were some procedural issues. The embassy took up the matter with authorities in New Delhi. The body was flown out on by 9.45 pm Etihad Airways EY 218 flight. All local and Indian authorities and Etihad Airways have jointly worked together so the body can be repatriated back. We all have to unite in such cases and that’s what has happened,” Rajamurugan added.
According to social worker MM Nasar Kanhangad, Delhi airport doesn’t accept death certificates which certify the cause of death as heart attack.
“This is a long-standing issue. The airport doesn’t allow repatriation of body if the death certificate mentions reason as heart attack. Such death certificates are deemed invalid and you cannot repatriate body. We have raised this issue several times with authorities in India. However, embassy officials have ensured that Heera Lal will land in New Delhi with his father’s mortal remains,” Kanhangad added.
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