Himachal family seeks help to get man’s body from Lebanon

March 13th, 2008 - 4:57 pm ICT by admin  


Shimla, March 13 (IANS) Unable to afford to bring back the body of a Himachal Pradesh man from Lebanon, his family has now appealed to the external affairs ministry for help. Kanshi Ram, in his 20s, died in a road accident in the Lebanese town of Zoni March 3.

His wife Rukmani Devi said another Indian called Rawat informed her over phone about the death of her husband on the day he died.

She was assured that the body would be sent in a couple of days to India but that did not happen.

According to the latest information with Rukmani Devi, the body would only be released and flown to India after some Rs.300,000 is deposited with the Lebanese government. It isn’t clear why the company isn’t paying to release the body, she said.

Kanshi Ram, who hails from Mandi district’s Tanda village, some 180 km from here, was working for a private company in Lebanon for the past four years.

Now the family has approached the Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma for help. Sharma hails from Himachal Pradesh.

“We have also requested the state government for help,” said M. Chandershekar, Mandi district police chief Thursday.

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