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Remains of copter crash victims arrive in city

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GUWAHATI, April 20 � Rajendra Pal (34), one of the six survivors in the tragic Pawan Hans helicopter crash at Tawang on Tuesday, is undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH). His condition is stated to be out of danger. Meanwhile, the remains of the victims of yesterday�s crash were brought to the city and handed over to their respective families.

Besides Pal, the survivors are Rishi Bothra, Karishma Serawgi, W Dorjee, and Captain Barun Gupa and flight engineer PK Chaturvedi � both crew members, an Arunachal Pradesh Government official told The Assam Tribune.

Among the survivors, Rishi Bothra and Karishma Serawgi have left for Mumbai, while W Dorjee has left for Delhi, for treatment. Several of the survivors are undergoing treatment at Tawang.

Seventeen persons including three crew members of the ill-fated chopper died in the crash near Tawang helipad, with preliminary investigations suggesting a technical snag as responsible for the mishap.

Among those who perished included all the five members of the family of Dr Asif Sonawala from Mumbai. Several victims hailed from Guwahati and they have been identified as Anupam Baruah (Rakesh), Col NK Sarma, Aravind Sarma, Nidhi Bothra, and Amit Serawgi.

The rest of the deceased included T Mustafa of Delhi (Bhilwara group given as �care of� in his address), Dr T Tendon, a veterinary doctor of Tawang, and Mrs Anita (a resident of Tawang in connection with her husband�s posting) and her son master Rishi besides three crew members identified as SB Kulkarni, AK Tiwari and Mr Dikshit.

Anupam Baruah (Rakesh), a noted Guwahati-based tour operator who owned the Rhino Travels was accompanying three tourists to Tawang as part of a business trip, an official of Rhino Travels said.

Baruah, a well-known guitarist, was the younger brother of former national table tennis champion Monalisa Baruah Mehta. He leaves behind two daughters, a brother and his mother. His wife predeceased him about a year back.

Meanwhile, doctors attending on Rajendra Pal at the GMCH have termed his condition as stable. �Various tests including CT scan, brain scan, etc., have been done and no serious anomalies detected. He showed symptoms of smoke inhalation and is being kept in the ICU for monitoring only and not because of any critical condition,� Dr Ramen Talukdar, Superintendent, GMCH, said.

Pal had an address showing Itanagar to be his current residential place and one Prabanesh as his �care of.�

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Remains of copter crash victims arrive in city

GUWAHATI, April 20 � Rajendra Pal (34), one of the six survivors in the tragic Pawan Hans helicopter crash at Tawang on Tuesday, is undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH). His condition is stated to be out of danger. Meanwhile, the remains of the victims of yesterday�s crash were brought to the city and handed over to their respective families.

Besides Pal, the survivors are Rishi Bothra, Karishma Serawgi, W Dorjee, and Captain Barun Gupa and flight engineer PK Chaturvedi � both crew members, an Arunachal Pradesh Government official told The Assam Tribune.

Among the survivors, Rishi Bothra and Karishma Serawgi have left for Mumbai, while W Dorjee has left for Delhi, for treatment. Several of the survivors are undergoing treatment at Tawang.

Seventeen persons including three crew members of the ill-fated chopper died in the crash near Tawang helipad, with preliminary investigations suggesting a technical snag as responsible for the mishap.

Among those who perished included all the five members of the family of Dr Asif Sonawala from Mumbai. Several victims hailed from Guwahati and they have been identified as Anupam Baruah (Rakesh), Col NK Sarma, Aravind Sarma, Nidhi Bothra, and Amit Serawgi.

The rest of the deceased included T Mustafa of Delhi (Bhilwara group given as �care of� in his address), Dr T Tendon, a veterinary doctor of Tawang, and Mrs Anita (a resident of Tawang in connection with her husband�s posting) and her son master Rishi besides three crew members identified as SB Kulkarni, AK Tiwari and Mr Dikshit.

Anupam Baruah (Rakesh), a noted Guwahati-based tour operator who owned the Rhino Travels was accompanying three tourists to Tawang as part of a business trip, an official of Rhino Travels said.

Baruah, a well-known guitarist, was the younger brother of former national table tennis champion Monalisa Baruah Mehta. He leaves behind two daughters, a brother and his mother. His wife predeceased him about a year back.

Meanwhile, doctors attending on Rajendra Pal at the GMCH have termed his condition as stable. �Various tests including CT scan, brain scan, etc., have been done and no serious anomalies detected. He showed symptoms of smoke inhalation and is being kept in the ICU for monitoring only and not because of any critical condition,� Dr Ramen Talukdar, Superintendent, GMCH, said.

Pal had an address showing Itanagar to be his current residential place and one Prabanesh as his �care of.�

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