The remains of seven people who died in the Gulf countries were airlifted from Dubai by a cargo flight which arrived here Tuesday, ending the uncertainty over bringing back the bodies of those who died following non-Covid-19 reasons.
Airport sources said the flight reached the airport by around noon.
The bodies include natives of Kerala, one each of people from Goa and Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu.
“Karipur in among the few airports where cargo flights are operating in South India.
This is the reason why the bodies of those belonging to Goa and Sivaganga and other parts of Kerala have all been brought here for onward transport to respective destinations by road,” an airport official said.
“As per information received from the airport, the bodies are of John Johannan of Kollam, David Shamy of Punnakkal, Kannur, Sathyan of Cheranelloor, Thrissur, O C Mathai and Sijo Joy, both of Pathanamthitta, Sreenivasan of Sivaganga and Henrick D Soza of South Goa,” said Thomas, Assistant Sub Inspector, Special Branch CID, Malappuram.
Special passes have been issued to ambulances to transport the bodies to their destinations after the formalities at the airport are over, a senior police officer said.
There had been some confusion on bringing back the bodies from the Gulf region for about a week for want of clearance from the embassy authorities.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week seeking his intervention in ensuring that bodies of Keralites, who die in Gulf countries due to no non COVID-19 reasons, should be broughtto the state without any delay forenabling family members to perform their last rites.
Vijayan also wanted Modi to direct Indian Embassies to issue necessary clearances without seeking individual approvals from the Ministry of Home Affairs and avoid any delay.
The mortal remains are now being broughtin cargo planes as passenger flights are not being operated due to the COVID-19 lockdown.