External Affairs Ministry
Press Release on Indian Nationals Missing in the Attacks
New Dehli, India
September 19, 2001
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the number
of missing Indian nationals and persons of Indian origin is estimated about
250. The help lines established in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi
and the Consulate General of India, New York continue to render information
and support to anxious relatives and friends of the missing persons. The help
line of ministry of External Affairs has forwarded 364 enquiries from India
about missing persons and has already been able to confirm that 90 persons out
of these are safe.
Preparations have also been made to facilitate local cremation and transportation
of ashes or transportation of mortal remains of Indian nationals, from USA to
India. Air India will provide free transportation of mortal remains of Indian
nationals to Delhi/Mumbai, upon authorization by Indian Ambassador/Consul General.
Similarly, Indian Airlines will provide free onward transportation of mortal
remains up to the airport nearest to the native place of the deceased. Indian
railways will also provide all the reservation to the escort on priority. Facilitation
counters would operate at the international airports in New Delhi and Mumbai
to ensure that the arriving bodies/ashes are cleared promptly and smoothly.
All passports issuing authorities have been instructed that passport should
be issued immediately, without levying Tatkal charges, to immediate relatives
of any injured or missing person.
The Consulate General of India in New York is in constant touch with Family
Assistance Center established by the New York City authorities. Family members
and friends of the victims can contact the consulate General for necessary
guidance and assistance.