Now their dead bodies are returning in search of livelihood abroad!

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : They had gone abroad in search of livelihood. Some had left their country for a better future for their family, while some were choosing to stay away from their loved ones to fulfill their dream of having a good roof over their head. Some were going to return to their country after 2 months and lay the foundation of their dream house. Some were talking about marriage. Some had sent their first salary just last week. Some had reached Kuwait for their first job barely a week ago. There was happiness at home. Sweets must have been distributed in the neighborhood at that time. But now they will not return. Now their bodies are coming back. There is mourning in their homes now. The bodies of Indians killed in the Kuwait fire have been brought to Kochi by an Indian Air Force plane. Most of the dead were residents of Kerala. English news website 'News18' has published a report after talking to some relatives and friends of the Indians killed in the Kuwait fire. The pain, regret and tears of those who lost their loved ones in the accident are heart-wrenching.

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Shamir was about to lay the foundation of his dream house but…

Umaruddin Shamir, a resident of Kollam district of Kerala, was one of the 45 Indians killed in a fire in a building in Mangaf, Kuwait. He was to return to Kollam after 2 months. He was about to lay the foundation of his dream house. But nature had something else in store. 33-year-old Shamir was working as a driver in Kuwaiti company NBTC for about five years. It is suspected that in panic and in an attempt to save his life, Shamir tried to jump from the building, which led to his death.

The bodies of Indians killed in the fire on board an Indian Air Force plane were brought to Kochi airport from Kuwait on Friday.

Shamir's family is in shock. They are crying inconsolably. One of his relatives said, 'He used to call every morning before going to work. On Wednesday, when he did not call, his wife got worried. A friend from there called us and informed us about the fire. We are in shock. We do not know how to react to this tragedy. We are relying on the guidance of the state government and those involved in the rescue operation.'

Relationships were being searched for Sabu's marriage

The family of Stephen Sabu (29 years) of Kottayam was dreaming of settling him down with pomp and show. A good marriage proposal had come. They wanted Sabu to come back soon and the relationship to be finalised. But it could not happen. The family is in shock. A relative said crying, 'We were planning his marriage, a good marriage proposal had come. We were asking him to come back soon… We have lost the light of our house. We are in darkness and I request everyone to pray.'

Sajan sent his first salary last week

Among the dead was Sajan, a resident of Punalur in Kollam. After completing his MTech, he worked as an assistant professor in a college in Adoor but quit the job to go to Kuwait. He was working as a junior engineer in NBTC and had sent his first salary home last week. His father George is devastated by the loss of his younger son. “He used to call us and tell us about his day and his work experience as this was his first job abroad. What do we do now?” he says.

He was earning in Kuwait for 18 years, now his daughters have lost their father

Another Kollam resident, Lukose V.O., 48, spent over 18 years in Kuwait and worked at the NBTC for a decade. One of seven siblings, he worked as a foreman supervisor and during his visits to Kerala, he actively participated in social, cultural and sports events in his panchayat. He has two daughters, one of whom recently passed her Class XII exams while the younger one is studying in Class V. Now, they are left without a father.

Lukose's family friend Shaji Lukose says, “He was a gentle, religious man who knew how to treat people with respect. He was well-liked by people and was always ready to help anyone in trouble. I have seen him since childhood and he worked hard to give his family a comfortable life at home.”

Srihari Pradeep arrived in Kuwait a week ago to start his first job

Srihari Pradeep, a young mechanical engineer from Kottayam, 90 km from Kollam, arrived in Kuwait on June 6 to start his first job. He got a job at NBTC. His father Pradeep, who had been working in Kuwait for the past decade, had shifted to the sixth floor of this ill-fated apartment just five days ago. His father Pradeep lived in a flat two buildings away. As soon as he came to know about the fire, he rushed to rescue the body, but was stopped by rescue workers. It took some time to identify his body at the hospital. “Srihari was finally identified from the tattoo mark on his wrist and later Pradeep confirmed it,” said a neighbour of Srihari Pradeep in Kottayam.

49 people including 45 Indians died in fire in building
A fire broke out in the kitchen of a building in Kuwait's Mangaf area at around 4 am on Thursday while most of the people living in the house were asleep. 49 foreign nationals died in this fire, of which 45 were Indians. Most of the dead are from Kerala. The Indian government has sent Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh to Kuwait to treat the injured and make arrangements for treatment.

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