JET airways accused of 'inhuman' treatment

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Gangtok, Feb 11 (UNI) A private airlines operating at the Bagdogra airport, in North Bengal, has been accused of refusing to take the body of a tourist.

The family members of the deceased have alleged that the Jet Airways refused to fly Baldev Ram Parwar's body, who died on February nine at the Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM) hospital here of cardiac arrest.

The 58-year-old tourist from Nagpur was on a trip to here along with his wife.

Parwar's wife said here yesterday that a tour agent had booked tickets for a 1400 hours flight to Calcutta from where they were supposed to take a connecting flight to Nagpur.

''They were supposed to take the body in the cargo but the airlines refused citing that we did not have the death or hospital certificate,'' Mrs Parwar added.

However, she said that the hospital authorities have provided a certificate mentioned 'clinical death'. They were not able to obtain one from the Bureau of Births and Deaths here since the office remains closed on weekend.

''I had to cancel my flight and take the body to Calcutta by road. I will take a connecting flight later in the evening today,'' she told mediapersons.

''It is really inhumane on their part,'' she added.

The airways had even rejected the requests of the hoteliers and the Sikkim Chamber of Commerce to carry the body.

''This is a big dampener for the tourism industry and humanity,'' Ramesh Periwal, a senior executive member of Chamber said.

He also said that they had been carrying a report issued by the STNM hospital which was applicable all over the country.

''The airways must be aware of the fact that a death certificate is issued only within 14 days and it takes time while the hospital reports are accepted everywhere,''he said.

However, the Jet authorities at Bagdogra refused to speak to the media.

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