Relatives and friends of Tardeo residents Aroras were hoping against hope that Kamal Arora (54),his wife Menaka (52) and son Shiv (20) were not on the ill-fated Agni Air plane,which crashed after trying to land at the Jomsom airport in Nepal on Monday morning. But their hopes were shortlived as news trickled through TV channels that they had been killed.
We were hoping against hope that it was not the same plane that they had boarded. Our worst fears were confirmed when the news channels showed all three of them as dead. We cant believe they are no more, said Rajendra Mehra,brother of Menaka. Family members were officially contacted by the Indian Embassy in Nepal only on Tuesday morning.
A successful businessman in the jewellery industry,Kamal was one of the oldest residents of the Great Eastern Royale building in Tardeo. Neighbours recalled the Aroras as a close-knit and fun-loving family. They were a happy and social family. Menaka would religiously go to the Babulnath Temple every morning. They were planning to visit the Muktinath Temple for quite some time. As his college vacations were going on,Shiv also accompanied them. We are yet to come to terms with their death, said a neighbour and friend of the Aroras.
Kamal and Menaka are survived by two daughters,who left for Kathmandu on Tuesday to get the bodies. A prayer meeting was held at the house of Mehras parents on Peddar Road on Tuesday. It seems like yesterday that they were preparing for their pilgrimage. They were supposed to be back this Friday,but now there is nothing to look forward to, Mehra said.