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When saffron signified service - The Observer of Business and Politics

Press Trust of India ()
15 November 1996.

Title: When saffron signified service
Author: Press Trust of India
Publication: The Observer of Business and Politics
Date: November 15, 1996.

For a change, the much-maligned saffron brigade came in for praise
from the most unexpected quarters, the minorities.

The Sangh Parivar, including the RSS, Bjrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu
Parishand, and the other front organisations such as the Bharat
Vikas Parishad was the first to voluntarily offer its services to
the district administration, which was unprepared to meet the
situation arising out of the mid-air collision between two
international airlines, whose wreckage fell near this sleep town of
Chakri Dadri.

Much before the army arrived, hundreds of cadres of the allegedly
communal outfits swarmed the wreckage site at Kheri Sanwal village,
assisting the local police in salvaging the mutilated bodies of the
victims from the debris.

"I am most grateful to these organisations and the local residents
for the invaluable service they are rendering," acknowledged Union
civil aviation minister C M Ibrahim outside the camp set up by the
RSS at the general hospital here.

The Sangh vlunteers, under the banner of the Vimaan Durghatana
Peedit Sahayata Samiti (relief committee for the plane mishap
affected), were not only helping in the loading and unloading of
the corpses from the trucks, but also helping the relatives of the
dead in the identification.

"They are doing a much better job than the local administration,"
observed former Union minister P J Kurien, who was at the hospital
to help the relatives of some victims belonging to his constituency
in Kerala.

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