Thousands bid emotional farewell to Martin and family killed in Koottickal landslide

The bodies of Martin and family are seen kept at the church for public viewing.

Mundakkayam: When six coffins carrying the bodies of Martin and his family members were kept at the centre of Kavali St. Mary’s Church for the public to pay homage, nothing could have prevented the gathering from bursting into tears.

The final rituals, held under the guidance of Pala Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt, have been a little delayed as a few of their relatives from Palakkad arrived a bit late.

The house in which Kavali Martin, his mother Claramma, wife Sini and children Sneha, Sona and Sandra had lived has become a pile of mud. The three kids of Martin were very close to each other and their life was an eye feast to the people in the vicinity. Their bodies have been kept in two tombs as locals say death even cannot separate them.

“This is the first time, Kavali St. Mary’s Church witnesses such an emotional ritual ceremony,” said a local resident.

It was on Saturday noon, the landslide claimed their lives and the bodies have been recovered beneath the soil through rescue operations that lasted till Sunday.

After finishing the post-mortem, all the six bodies were taken to the church directly. Usually, rituals at church are performed after the ceremonies at home. Their house was also snatched by the landslide so as their lives.

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