Chennai-based woman on ill-fated Malaysian plane, family shattered

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Chennai: A 51-year-old woman member of a non-governmental organisation from the city was among the five Indians onboard the ill-fated plane that crashed into sea off Vietnamese coast and her family is shattered by the news.

Chandrika Sharma had taken the flight from Kula Lumpur on her way to Mongolia to participate in a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised conference which begins on Saturday. Sharma was to represent her organisation “International Collective In Support of Fishworkers”, where she works as an Executive Secretary. “She originally hails from Haryana, she is a resident of Chennai since 1993 having married to a Tamil, Narendiran,” her colleague Venugopal told PTI here.

According to the information obtained by the Indian Embassy in Beijing, the other four Indians on board were identified as Chetna Kolekar, Swanand Kolekar, Suresh Kolekar, and Prahlad Shirsatha.
The couple has a daughter who is pursuing a degree course in English literature in Dr Ambedkar University in Delhi.

“Her family is devastated by this..they do not want to talk to anyone now,” he said, adding they were yet to get information from official agencies.

ICSF, which has offices in Chennai and Brussels, is an international NGO that works towards the establishment of equitable, gender-just, self-reliant and sustainable fisheries, particularly in the small-scale, artisanal sector, according to its website.

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