Mortal remains of 8 Indian tourists being flown back home from Nepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The mortal remains of eight Indian tourists, including four minors who died of possible asphyxiation in their room at a mountainous resort in Nepal, are being flown back home on Thursday, officials said.
All formalities have been completed and the bodies are being flown from Kathmandu to New Delhi, according to sources at the Indian Embassy here.
The mortal remains of Praveen Krishnan Nair, his wife Saranya Sasi and their three children will be taken to Thiruvananthapuram, and of Ranjith Kumar Adatholath Punathil, his wife Indu Lakshmi Peethambaran Ragalatha and their son to Kozhikode.
They were among a group of 15 tourists from Kerala who had checked into a resort in Daman, a popular tourist spot in Makawanpur district, some 70 km south of Kathmandu.
The group, after travelling to Pokhara — a popular mountainous tourist destination — was on their way back home and stayed at Everest Panorama Resort in Daman on Monday night.
According to the manager at the resort, Shiva KC, the families arrived in a reserved vehicle and were supposed to stay in the resort for only one night.
Although they had booked a total of four rooms, eight of them stayed in a room and turned on a gas heater for warmth, the manager said, adding that all the windows and the door of the room were bolted from inside.
All of them were found unconscious the next day. Doctors declared them brought dead when they were rushed to a hospital in Kathmandu.
Their postmortem was conducted at TU Teaching Hospital on Wednesday.
The tragedy occurred as the two-decade old resort does not have air conditioners, Labsher Bista, the mayor of Thaha Municipality in the district, said.
Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has condoled the death and said he was deeply shocked to learn about the incident. He offered heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, government and people of India.
Meanwhile, Nepal’s Department of Tourism has formed a five-member committee to investigate whether there were any lapses in the safety of tourists by the resort administration. The committee is required to submit the report within 15 days.
An official said that out of the seven who survived, two stayed back to accompany the bodies while others left.
Nair and Ranjit, both IT professionals, were engineering college classmates and the tour was arranged after a get-together with old friends in Delhi, a family member said.
Nair, who hails from Chempazhanthi in Thiruvananthapuram, was an engineer in Dubai, while his wife, Saranya, was staying in Kochi along with 3 children and was a nursing student.
Ranjit was working in an IT firm at Thiruvananthapuram, while his wife, Indu, was an accountant in a cooperative bank at Kozhikode, a family member said.
Ranjit’s elder son Madhav had a lucky escape as he was sleeping in another room. (PTI)