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Victims’ Bodies Arrive at Kochi Cargo Terminal via Indian Air Force C-130J Aircraft

Kerala Health Minister Veena George criticised the central government on Friday for denying her permission to travel to Kuwait to assist Indian nationals from Kerala affected by a tragic fire in Mangaf, Kuwait. The incident claimed 45 Indian lives, including 24 from Kerala.

At Kochi’s import cargo terminal, preparations were made to receive the victims’ bodies. A special Indian Air Force aircraft, C-130J, carrying the remains, landed in Kochi on Friday morning. Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh, who coordinated with Kuwaiti authorities for the repatriation, was also on board.

George expressed her disappointment, noting, “More than half of the victims and the majority of the injured are from Kerala.” The Kerala government had planned for George and State Mission Director (NHM) Jeevan Babu to travel to Kuwait to oversee the treatment and repatriation efforts.

Union Minister of State Suresh Gopi praised the external affairs ministry for its coordination efforts and announced his plans to visit the airport to receive the bodies of the Malayalees who died.

Kerala Revenue Minister K Rajan reported that the bodies of 23 Malayalees, seven Tamilians, and one person from Karnataka would be received in Kochi before the flight continues to Delhi with the remaining victims’ remains.

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