Itanagar, Dec 15: A pale shadow of grief descended on Lohit district in Arunachal Pradesh as the mortal remains of two traders arrived at Tezu, the district headquarters.
The two traders - Laxuman Rai (44) and Sudhama Rai (42) - were among the dead passengers in the ill-fated Rajdhani Express, which was rocked by a blast near Bokakhat in Assam's Golaghat district early on December 13.
The traders' bodies were brought to Tezu yesterday by Raju Rai, the brother and son of late Laxuman and Sudhama from the Bokakhat Government Hospital with the help of Northeast Frontier Railway officials and Assam Police.
The grief-stricken family members were consoled and assisted by the local people in receiving the mortal remains and performing the last rites.
While Laxuman is survived by his wife, six daughters and a 20-month-old son, Sudhama is survived by his wife, a daughter and four sons.
All the shops and business establishments in Tezu downed their shutters yesterday as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
Tezu MLA Karikho Kri expressed shock over the incident and condemned the inhuman act.
He also attended funeral and urged everyone to stand by the deceased's kin.