Swaraj Assures Help To Family Which Lost 3 Members In US


New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday assured help to a Kalyan-based family which has been unable to bring back or cremate bodies of its three members killed in a road accident in Long Island in the US.

Swaraj said she was in touch with Indian Consulate General in New York which was providing all assistance to the family.

38-year-old IT professional Chandan Gavai and his parents — Archana Gavai (60) and Kamalnayan Gavai (74)– were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit head-on by a truck on July 4.

“I am monitoring this case personally and I have all the details. The last rites of parents is possible. But US laws do not permit cremation of Chandan as his wife is in coma and unable to give consent.

“CG New York is in regular touch with me. She is providing all assistance to the family,” Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

Chandan’s 32-year-old wife suffered life-threatening burns and head injuries while the couple’s 11-month-old son survived the crash and is under treatment. The family is from Maharashtra.