BODY OF BABU FOUND BY COAST GUARD, FUNERAL IN VASAI ON FRIDAY
MUMBAI:The Coast Guard has confirmed the finding of V K Bindulal Babu (50) Deputy General Manager, ONGC which was recovered at the crash site on Thursday evening, after an ONGC chopper crashed on 13 January. With this, mortal remains of all passengers including pilots onboard the chopper have been recovered, said a Coast Guard official.
The deployment of Coast Guard Ships continued on the fifth day today with Indian Coast Guard coordinating search efforts amongst various agencies at the crash site
The funeral will be conducted in Vasai on Friday morning. The body was identified by his wife, Shyni and is kept in the Cooper Hospital for postmortem and will be handed over to the relatives,said a relative of the victim.
Most of the aircraft debris, including critical components such as engines, landing gear, Cockpit and Flight Data Recorder, Main Gear Box and Tail Gear Box has already been collected by Coast Guard, ONGC and Naval ships and handed over for investigation, said the official.
Accordingly, the search for survivors and debris of the aircraft has been terminated by Commander Coast Guard Region (W). However, Coast Guard is maintaining high level of coordination with ONGC and other agencies to ascertain reason for the crash which has lead to unfortunate demise of all passengers onboard
FUNERAL IN VASAI ON FRIDAY
Jayprakash Rajan, a cousin of the late Babu said the funeral will be conducted at the Evershine City crematorium on Fridaymorning. V K Bindulal Babu workedas the Deputy General Manager at ONGC and stayed at Solitaire Evershine, in Vasai (E) with his family comprising of wife Shyni Babu and their two children, an elder daughter studying in Std XII and a son, who is studying in Std 2, said Jayprakash.
My cousin brother was mild mannered, and a hardworking man who was working with ONGC since the past many years, said Jayprakash. He was a good husband,and parent to his two children, said the cousin. It is a big loss to the nation, he said.
Shyam Babu (60) the elder brother of V K Bindulal Babu had arrived from Chalakudy village in Trichur district, Kerala for a DNA test at the Cooper Hospital, said Jayprakash, after some body parts were found from the crash site including a hand which had two stone rings, but that body did not belong to Babu
. Shyam Babu(60) is a retired banker from the Corporation Bank, said the relative. Said Jayprakash, earlier this week,
we were given a sutured body of an unidentified person, with different limbs stitched together, but the head, arms and legs were missing, and his wife, Shyni Babu(42) a registered diabetologist (who also runs a clinic in Vasai) who is emotionally shattered, had not accepted the body as the torso was of much high height as Babu is of medium or normal height, said Jayprakash.
In 2005, there was a huge fire at the oil rig and Babu had saved around 100 people from near death and also swam for nearly 6 hours to shore,which shows his compassion to his fellow colleagues, said Jayprakash and at that time, he escaped death