Missing Nepal plane: Family of 4 from Thane among 22 people on board

There are four Indian nationals, two Germans and 13 Nepali passengers besides a three member Nepali crew

Abhitash SinghUpdated: Monday, May 30, 2022, 12:29 AM IST
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Missing Nepal plane: Family of 4 from Thane among 22 people on board | File Photo

They four Indian passengers of the Nepal plane that went missing are residents of Thane's Rustomjee Athena society located at Majiwada.

They were identified as Ashok Kumar Tripathi, his wife Vaibhavi and children Dhanush and Ritika. Ashok and Vaibhavi were divorced and the former was living in Bhubaneswar. The court had ruled that the family can spend 10 days together in a year. So, the family had set out for a holiday in Nepal.

The address on the passport of Vaibhavi Bandekar (Tripathi) was Chikuwadi locality in Borivali suburb of Mumbai. When a team of Mumbai police reached her flat in Borivali they found it locked.

Later, the police learnt from neighbours that Vaibhavi was now residing in Thane. The family members of the Tripathis have been asked to contact the embassy in Nepal for further details.

Uttam Sonawane, a senior police inspector of Kapurbawdi police station while giving more information on the family background said, "The Mumbai police team inquired more about there whereabouts with the neighbours with whom it came to know that Ashok Tripathi wife Vaibhavi Bandekar (Tripathi) has rented the flat to someone else who is also currently out of the country. Also the Tripathi family shifted to Thane's Kapurbawdi and they staying there. The Tripathis were residents of Rustomjee Athena in Majiwada at Thane. Ashok Tripathi was staying in Bhubaneswar and he Ashok and Vaibhavi were divorced. The court had ordered that the family can spend 10 days in a year together so the family went for tour in Nepal to spend time together. From the society members of Rustomjee Athena we came to know that Vaibhavi's mother who is elderly person and on ventilator is staying there also her sister who works in CIPLA company is with her to take mother's care. We haven't informed about the incident to the family because the elderly person is at home. We have asked them to get in touch with the Indian embassy in Nepal."

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