Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The bodies of six Indians killed in a terror attack at Kabul in Afghanistan on Friday were flown in here by a special Air Force flight here on Saturday. Eight persons injured in the bombings were also flown in by the same aircraft and were admitted to the Army (Research and Referral) Hospital.

The aircraft flew in the mortal remains of Major (Dr.) L. Jyotin Singh of Army Medical Corps, Major Deepak Yadav of Army Education Corps, Nitish Chhibber, Assistant at the Consulate General of India in Kandahar, Indo-Tibetan Border Police constable Roshan Lal, engineer Bhola Ram and tabla player Nawab Khan.

While Dr. Jyotin Singh was a member of the Indian Medical Mission in Kabul working at the Indira Gandhi Institute for Child Health, Major Deepak Yadav was teaching English at the Afghan Military Academy. Bhola Ram was Deputy General Manager at Power Grid Corporation of India Limited that brought electricity to Kabul; constable Roshan Lal was deployed as a security guard at the Indian Consulate in Herat. Nawab Khan was a member of an Indian Council of Cultural Relations-sponsored cultural troupe visiting Afghanistan.

President Pratibha Patil, who was on her way back from a scheduled visit to Pune, waited for the arrival of the bodies at the Palam Technical Area, where the special aircraft landed. She laid a wreath on the bodies to pay homage. The President also offered condolences to the grieving families and spoke to the relatives who came to the airport to receive the bodies.

The Foreign Secretary and the Defence Secretary were also present along with other senior government officials. On behalf of the government of Afghanistan, the Charge d’ Affaires ad interim of Afghanistan in India Shahabuddin Saqid laid a wreath.