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Kumarakom boat tragedy victims remembered

Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: The victims of the Kumarakom boat tragedy, which occurred on July 27, 2002 on the Vembanad Lake between Muhamma and Kumarakom, were remembered during different functions organised on the eighth anniversary of the accident at Muhamma near here on Tuesday.

Students of various schools in and around Muhamma were among the first to reach the Muhamma Boat Jetty, from where the State Water Transport Department's boat had set out on the ill-fated journey. Placing photographs of all the 29 persons who lost their lives in the tragedy, the tiny tots lit lamps and candles and offered prayers. Relatives of the departed, eye-witnesses to the tragedy and several others were present on the occasion.

The Arangu Social Service Forum too organized a memorial function near the Muhamma Boat Jetty, placing the photographs of the victims in a ‘smrithimandapam' erected there and floating lamps in the lake apart from offering floral tributes. Muhamma Grama Panchayat president C.K. Bhaskaran inaugurated the function, which was attended by District Panchayat vice-president T.P. Mangalamma, Kanjikuzhy block panchayat president Jalaja Chandran and Arangu patron C.P. Shaji among others.

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