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No word on James’ return,‘decaying’ body of son shifted to private hospital

Vivaan’s mother Aditi had refused to bury him till her husband was released from Togo.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 19, 2013 3:48:55 am

THE body of Vivaan James,son of detained merchant navy captain Sunil James,was moved to a private hospital Wednesday,Vivaan’s uncle said. The 11-month-old infant died of septicemia on December 2. His body has been preserved in Cooper Hospital since.

Vivaan’s mother Aditi had refused to bury him till her husband was released from Togo. Sunil and two other colleagues have been detained on charges of abetting piracy.

On Sunday,Cooper Hospital authorities intimated the family that it might not be possible to preserve the body any longer as it has started decaying,Aditi’s brother Rakesh Madappa said. “We decided to shift the body to a private hospital with better facilities. They will assess the condition of the body and tell us within three days whether it can be preserved any longer,” he said.

Dr Shashikant Wadekar,medical superintendent of Cooper Hospital,confirmed that the body has been shifted.

Aditi’s stand softened last week after it became clear that Sunil would not be released any time soon. According to Sunil’s counsel,the judge hearing the case will conduct a special trial between December 23 and 27 and pronounce his judgment.

“We are facing the impossible scenario of having to bury Vivaan without his father here. We have no idea when he will return to India,” Rakesh said.

On Wednesday,Indian High Commissioner in Ghana,K Jeeva Sagar met Togo President Faure Gnassingbé to discuss Sunil’s fate,his family said. “We have been assured that the President will expedite the case. However,the date of return has not been mentioned yet,” Rakesh added.

Meanwhile,Sunil’s employers,Accord Marine Management Private Limited filed another release application in the Lome Court Wednesday. “The dates that the judge has set for the special trial are too distant. So we are applying again for Sunil’s release,” said captain Nilesh Gandhi of Accord Marine.

Sunil and his two colleagues,who had been sailing aboard the merchant navy vessel MT Ocean Centurion,were detained by the Togo Navy in July after they stopped to report a pirate attack days earlier in Togo waters.

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