GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Civil Aviation
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 319
TO BE ANSWERED ON 24/02/2011
MEMORIAL PLAQUE OF MANGALORE AIR CRASH VICTIMS
319. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of CIVIL AVIATION be pleased to state:
(a) Whether it is a fact that a marble plaque with names of air crash victims put up by Air India at the Mangalore air crash site was severely vandalized, within six days;
(b) If so, whether Government has been able to identify the perpetrators;
(c) By when the marble plaque is likely to be restored; and
(d) The steps Government proposes to take in this regard to prevent such tragic incidents in future?
MINISTER OF OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS & MINISTER OF CIVIL AVIATION
(SHRI VAYALAR RAVI)
(a) : A plaque was erected in memory of those who lost their lives in the tragic air crash of IX- 812 on 22.05.2010 at Mangalore airport. It was engraved with the names of 152 passengers and 6 crew members who perished in the crash and on 05.10.2010 this plaque alongwith the granite slabs with the names of the passengers, were vandalized by unknown miscreants.
(b) , (c ) & (d): Station Manager, Mangalore filed an FIR in the Bajpe Police Station to register the complaint. Station Manager, Mangalore is in touch with the Commissioner of Police, Mangalore who confirmed that since no headway could be made in the investigation as they had no information available with them. Station Manager, Mangalore is also in touch with the local authorities for completing the formalities required to restore the Marble Plaque.