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Jacintha Saldanha laid to rest in Mangalore

Monday, 17 December 2012 - 7:47pm IST | Place: Udupi | Agency: PTI
The funeral cortege began from the residence of Benedict Barboza, her husband, after a short prayer service by parish priest Father Stany Tauro.

The body of Indian origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who was found dead in London after a hoax call to a UK hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate, was laid to rest at Shirva here in the presence of a large number of well-wishers, family and friends.

The funeral cortege began from the residence of Benedict Barboza, her husband, after a short prayer service by parish priest Father Stany Tauro.

The body, which was brought here from London yesterday, was laid to rest at Our Lady of Health Church.

Saldanha (42) had transferred a prank call from two DJs of an Australian radio station, believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales, to a colleague who described in detail Kate's condition during her stay for severe pregnancy sickness.

She was found hanging in her nurses' quarters at King Edward VII's hospital by a colleague and a security guard on December 7.

An inquest on Dec 13 heard that Saldanha was found hanging by the neck from a scarf on a wardrobe door in her room near the hospital. She also had injuries on one of her wrists. Two notes were found in her room and another in her possessions.

Former Union Minister Janardhan Poojary and Karnataka Muzrai Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary also paid their last respects to Jacintha.

Poojary later told reporters that the Centre could not do anything over the issue as investigations are on in the UK and could only request them to conduct a thorough investigation.

He said the incident has jolted not only English people but the whole world. "This is an example of how a prank can destroy a noble soul," he added.

Poojary flayed the Australian radio presenters who played the prank and said that higher officials at the radio station should have taken care before the call was put on air.

Kota Srinivas Poojary said he felt sorry for the family. "Jacintha's death is a loss to the district, the state of Karnataka as well as the nation," he said.


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