US-Bangla plane crash victims Nazia Afrin Chowdhury and Foysal Ahmed have been reburied after allegations were raised that their bodies had been switched in Nepal.
Nazia’s body was buried in Foysal's place at his family graveyard in Shariatpur's Damodar on March 20. Foysal’s body was buried instead of Nazia at the Banani graveyard on March 19.
Foysal's body was exhumed from Banani graveyard on Thursday around 8pm. On Friday morning, he was reburied at his family graveyard after Nazia’s body was exhumed.
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Nazia Afrin Chowdhury and Foysal Ahmed Bangla Tribune
Nazia’s brother Ali Ahad Chowdhury started for Dhaka with his sister's body around 5am. Nazia was reburied at Banani graveyard on Friday afternoon.
It is suspected that their bodies got switched in Nepal.
Foysal’s family said at the burial that they saw Nazia’s name written on the body bag. Mixed reactions were coming from the crowd as Nazia’s body was buried in the place of Foysal.
Later, both families went to court to get their family members' body to be buried at their designated places.
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On April 4, the Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate and on April 5, the chief judicial magistrate of Shariatpur gave orders to return the bodies to the concerned families and to be reburied at designated places.
Forty-nine people, including 26 Bangladeshis, were killed when a US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed and burst into flames at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on March 12.
The plane was carrying 71 people, including four crew members. Of the passengers, 36 were from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal, and one each from China and the Maldives.