The body of Renjit T. Nelluvelil, chief executive officer of the Kochi-based LOTS Shipping who was killed in an attack by armed robbers in South Sudan last weekend, arrived in Thiruvananthapuram at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday and is being kept in the morgue of a private hospital.
The body will be taken to his apartment at Krishnanagar in Peroorkada for prayers on Thursday morning. The funeral will be held at the cemetery of the Lourdes Hill Church at Nalanchira at 10.30 a.m. Captain Philip Mathews, managing director of LOTS Shipping, who accompanied the body all the way from Juba in South Sudan through Addis Ababa and Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram, said special arrangements had been made for the staff of the company to pay their respects to Renjit.
“It is a terrible tragedy and we have not come to terms with the fact of his departure,” John Mathews, managing director of Master Shipyard Private Limited, Edakochi, an associate firm of LOTS, told The Hindu .
It couldn’t be any worse for Renjit’s octogenarian father Thomas Nelluvelil, 89, who saw his son and daughter expire in quick succession, in two days. Shirley Sebastian, Renjit’s sister who had come to Thiruvananthapuram following her brother’s death, died in a fall on Tuesday, leaving the already grieving father inconsolable.
Shirley’s internal organs were donated as she wished and her body was taken to Kozhikode, where it will be buried on Friday.
Mr. John Mathews recalled Renjit as a jovial, fun-loving person. “We used to spend a lot of time together. It is a terrible time for the family, especially for his ageing father,” he said. The car Renjit was travelling in from Mangala to Juba, South Sudan’s capital, was part of a convoy, but swampy road conditions caused it to slow down when it came under attack. While Renjit succumbed to bullet injuries, the car driver, a Kenyan national, lost his left eye and a part of his skull.