No trace of Google couple missing after train fire

August 2nd, 2008 - 6:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Aug 2 (IANS) There was still no word Saturday afternoon about two employees of Google who went missing after the fire on the Gautami Express in the early hours of Friday in Andhra Pradesh’s Warangal district. Hari Shankar, 28, and his wife Roshni Mukherjee, both employees of Google India Private Limited in Hyderabad, were travelling by the ill-fated train along with their colleague M.S. Ashok, who escaped with minor injuries.

“We have not yet received any information about them and we are worried about their safety,” Shankar’s uncle S. Natrajan told IANS.

Since 29 of the 31 people killed in the mishap were charred beyond recognition, their families fear the worst. The rescue workers could only collect skulls and bones of the victims from the wreckage.

Shankar’s father S. Anantaraman rushed to the MGM Hospital, Warangal, where the mortal remains of the victims were brought for autopsy.

The couple, who married last year, was going to Kakinada on a weekend trip with their friend. They were travelling in the S-10 coach, in which the fire broke out.

“I searched for them among the injured and the survivors but they were not there,” said Ashok, who looked devastated.

“I woke up to the screams of other passengers and ran towards the door. There was a stampede. Other passengers pushed me from behind and I came out but I was shocked at not finding my friends among the survivors,” he said.

Shankar’s family members made frantic efforts to contact them over their mobile phones but there was no response.

The couple was fond of bird-watching and were enthusiasts of wildlife photography. Ashok said they wanted to take photographs of some migratory birds in Kakinada.

Shankar, who is from Tamil Nadu, had been working with Google in the technical department for the last two-and-a-half years. Last year, he married his colleague Roshni, originally from West Bengal. She was working in the online advertisement wing of Google.

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