KANNUR /KASARGOD: Dr Deepak Thomas, who was killed in the Nepal earthquake, was laid to rest in the cemetery of St George’s Church, Kanichar, near Kelakam here on Thursday. A large number of people, including locals, friends, relatives and political leaders bade a tearful adieu to the young doctor.
Thousands had thronged Deepak’s house at Kunderi to pay their last respects when the body was brought there on Thursday morning. Former Thalassery Archbishop Mar George Valiyammattam led the funeral service. The body was brought from Bangalore to Kanichar in an ambulance and the funeral was held by about 12.30 pm. Sunny Joseph MLA placed the wreath on bahalf of state government. Irittytahasildar A R Raveendran, CPM district secretary P Jayarajan, DCC president K Surendran, ex-MP K Sudhakaran, CPI district secretary P Santosh Kumar and other leaders also paid tributes to the departed doctor.
Dr A S Irshad, 28, who died in the earthquake that devastated Nepal on Saturday, was buried at the Muhiyudheen Juma Masjid, Nellikkunnu, here, amid a sea of mourners, on Thursday. The body was brought to his A M House at Anabagilu, Kasargod, and kept for a briefperiod for the public to pay their last respects.
Irshad and his friends, Dr Deepak Thomas, 27, and Dr Abin Soori, 25, had gone toKathmandu after securing admission to master’s courses in three different medical colleges. Thomas, a resident of Kelakam, Kannur, was also killed. Soori, the only survivor among, is undergoing renal treatment at AIMS, New Delhi. According to reports quoting Soori, the six-storey hotel collapsed, and at the time of disaster his other two friends were out.
Belying reports that the other two doctors were also safe at a Red Cross camp, the relatives of Irshad and Thomas had identified their bodies at the morgue of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu. All three graduated from Kozhikode Medical College. in 2013.