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Images: Mangalore crash memorial desecrated

Last updated on: October 5, 2010 16:09 IST

Mangalore crash memorial found desecrated

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In a horrific incident, the memorial built for the victims of the disastrous Mangalore air crash was found desecrated by miscreants on Tuesday.

A memorial comprising black granite slabs with the names of the victims was erected at Kenjar near the Bajpe airpiort on July 22.

The memorial was unveiled Union Civil Aviation Secretary M M Nambiar.

Text: Vicky Nanjappa

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Image: The Mangalore air crash memorial was found desecrated on Tuesday
Photographs: Dayanand Kukkaje/Daijiworld
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Culprits are yet to be nabbed

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The police, who are looking into the matter, say that they have not been able to nab the culprits yet.

As the memorial was desecrated by hurling stones, it appears, however, to be a random act of mischief, police sources said.

The district authorities have decided to set up a new memorial and will provide a protective shield this time around.


Image: Mangalore air crash memorial was found desecrated on Tuesday
Photographs: Dayanand Kukkaje/Daijiworld
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The wounds are still fresh

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As many as 158 persons lost their lives when an Air India Express flight from Dubai with 166 people on board crashed and caught fire on May 21 as it overshot the newly-built runway while landing at the Bajpe airport in Mangalore.


Image: Rescuers try to dig out bodies from the crash debris following the mishap in Mangalore

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