Thousands attend Funeral of Trasi Accident Victims
Kundapur: Thousands of people lined up to pay their respects to the eight innocent children who were killed in a road accident at Trasi on Tuesday, June 21. The funeral of five children – Calista Olivera, Clarissa Olivera (daughters of Stephen & Rita Olivera, Moovattumudi), Alvita Olivera, Ancita Olivera (daughters of Alwyn & Reshma Olivera, Moovattumudi) and Delwin Dais (s/o Vinod & Defhni Dias, Gangoli) – was held at the Immaculate Conception BVM Church, Gangoli.
People from different communities were present at the Immaculate Conception BVM Church. Several political leaders like MP of Udupi Shobha Karnadlaje, former minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, MLC Ivan D’Souza, Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayat members were present and paid their last respects to the departed souls. Udupi SP Annamalai and other senior police officials were also present.
The funeral ceremony was presided over by the Bishop of the Udupi Diocese, Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo. Fr Anil D’Souza (dean, Udupi deanery), Fr Figredo Ian (Provincial, Silesian Don Bosco Konkan Province), Fr Maxim D’Souza (principal of the Don Bosco School) and Fr Albert D’Souza (parish priest) were also present.
The accident occurred on June 21 when the Maruti Omni transporting the children of Don Bosco English School was hit by an oncoming bus while taking a right turn towards the school near Movadi Junction. Five students breathed their last en route to KMC Hospital Manipal, while three died on the spot.
The funeral mass for Nikhitha D’Dilva, Ananya D’Silva ( Daughters of Lloyd & Marina D’Silva, Hemmady) & Royston Lobo (S/O Vinod & Shanthì Lobo Hemmady) held at 4.00 pm at St Francis Asisi Church Tallur. Udupi Bishop Rev Dr Jerald Isaac Lobo performed the rituals.
Thousands of people took part in the ceremonies at the Gangolli and Tallur churches, amidst heavy rain, to bid the children a final adieu. The shattered parents, especially the mothers, were motionless and were staring at the coffins.
Shops remained closed till the funeral was over in the evening.