Police team from Nandigama to receive bodies of accident victims at Chittoor
NANDIGAMA (Krishna dt.): A pall of gloom descended on Anasagaram village near here on Wednesday morning as news of the death of 11 persons hailing from the village in a road accident near Sabarimala started pouring in.
The village heads did not allow the media to interact much with the family members of the deceased. “It will be a long wait for them (family members) as the bodies are expected to arrive here only after Thursday afternoon. So, we thought it will be better not to disclose the details now,” said K. Venkaiah Chowdary, one of the village heads. A police team from Nandigama would receive the bodies near Chittoor from the Kerala police, he said.
Pilgrimage to Sabarimala is an annual affair for the families here but a tragedy of such proportions has never happened till now. In view of the tragic accident, all the devotees are returning without going to Sannidhanam (Sabarimala), the villagers said.
Most of the victims were either daily labourers or casual workers in the age group of 19 to 23 years.
About 100 devotees in two to three groups went to Sabarimala from here.
Of this, more than 70 persons relied on three lorries, while the rest travelled in Tata Sumo vehicles, villagers said.
The victims were identified as: V. Tirumal Rao, M. Hari Babu, V. Ramesh, R. Ragahva Rao, B. Vesu Babu, T. Prasad, K. Sivakrishna, P. Sivakrishna, P. Kumarichinta, Krishna and Sivaramakrishna.
Bodies taken home
Kottayam Staff Reporter writes: The embalmed bodies of 11 Sabarimala pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh, who were killed in the gruesome accident at Attivalavu near Kanamala on the Erumeli-Pambavalley road on Tuesday night, were taken home by their relatives on Wednesday evening.
All the injured persons have also been discharged from Kottayam Government Medical College Hospital. Leaders from Andhra Pradesh, Kolusu Parthasarathy, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Malladi Vishnu, MLA and former MLA Naini Udayabhanu also paid homage to the deceased.
The Devaswom Minister declared financial assistance of Rs. 1 lakh each to the nearest relative of the deceased.