Thousands bid adieu to heroic nurses

Updated - November 17, 2021 10:54 am IST

Published - December 12, 2011 07:26 pm IST - KOTTAYAM

Heart-rending scenes unfolded at Kothanalloor and Uzhavoor, the hometowns of P.K. Vineetha and Remya Rajappan, during their funeral on Monday, as thousands gathered to bid them farewell. State honours were accorded to the two nurses, who died after rescuing eight patients from the fire at AMRI Hospitals, Kolkata.

Remya was cremated on the premises of her residence, Mecharil House, at Uzhavoor. Her brother Rajesh lit the funeral pyre.

Remya's mother Usha, who has been in a state of shock ever since she learnt of her daughter's death, remained inconsolable and collapsed during the cremation. Her father passed away nearly five years ago.

Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Government Chief Whip P.C. George, Thomas Isaac, C.F. Thomas (both MLAs) and District Collector Mini Antony were among those who paid their last respects to the deceased.

There was a steady flow of people to the Pulickal House where Vineetha's body was kept. After funeral prayers at the St. Mary's Church at Kurumulloor, her body was buried at the church cemetery. Vineetha's mother Mary had a minor discomfort during the prayers, following which she was forced to rest.

Those who paid homage included Bishop Sebastian Thekethecheril of the Vijayapuram diocese of the Latin Church and MLA Suresh Kurup.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.