A week after the death of brothers Haseeb Ahmed (26) and Saqib Ahmed (28) in the bus accident in Mahabubnagar district in Andhra Pradesh, the grieving family received the bodies on Wednesday and performed the last rites.

The brothers, who managed an automobile spare parts business in the city, were residents of Gurappana Palya, BTM Layout.

Saqib’s wife Nazneen grieved silently, as she sat surrounded by family members — the victims’ father Shabbir Ahmed, mother Bilquis Jahan, two brothers and a sister — outside the burial ground at Goripalya.

Mr. Shabbir Ahmed recollected how the whole family had gone to Chamarajanagar to attend a relative’s wedding a few days before the accident. While the rest of the family stayed back there, Saqib and Haseeb left for Bangalore, from where they boarded the bus to Hyderabad. “We were not even aware that they had been killed in the accident. One of my relatives called, asking me to come back to the city urgently saying his daughter was ill. However, when I went there, we found that the illness was an excuse and he later broke the news of my sons’ deaths.”

The family is also frustrated with the bus operators. “We have been trying to contact Jabbar Travels for details of the accident, but nobody has responded to us.”

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