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Lok Sabha remembers Neerja Bhanot


New Delhi, May 9: Lok Sabha on Monday, May 9 remembered Neerja Bhanot, a Pan Am air hostess who died saving passengers on a hijacked flight in 1986, during a discussion on the Anti-Hijacking Bill 2016.

Participating in the debate over the bill, senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said she gave her life while securing the passengers. Saugata Roy (TMC) said she was a courageous lady and a film was also made on her recently.


Supporting the bill, B N Goud (TRS) said that proper mechanism should in place for compensating the victims.

Remembering Bhanot, he said Pan Am was a US-based company and they had not provided any compensation to Indian crew members.

Bhanot, the senior-most flight attendant on board a Pan Am Mumbai-New York flight, was shot dead by terrorists who had hijacked the flight in Karachi on September 5, 1986, during her courageous bid to save the lives of passengers.

She became the youngest recipient of India's highest peacetime military award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra.


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