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Turkey attack: Bodies of two Indian victims laid to rest

The bodies of film producer and realtor Abis Rizvi and fashion designer Khushi Shah, who were killed in a terror attack at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, were laid to rest at their respective cities in Mumbai and Vadodara.

“The Turkish Airlines plane carrying the bodies landed in Mumbai shortly after 5 am,” BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, who received the bodies at the airport, said.

From the airport, Rizvi’s body was taken to his Bandra house Meena Mahal and from there to Rehmatabad, Nariyal Wadi Crematorium at Reay Road, Mazgaon, while Khushi’s mortal remains were flown to Vadodara for performing the last rites, he said.

The Turkish Airlines flight carrying the bodies left Istanbul on Tuesday night.
Rizvi’s burial took place in Mumbai at 4:00 PM in the evening. Rizvi’s father Akhtar Hasan Rizvi was flown to Turkey to collect his mortal remain while Khushi’s brother Akshay collected her.

Many politicians like Shiv Sena MP Gajanand Kirtikar, former Bandra MLA Baba Siddique, Nizamuddin Rayeen, Samajwadi Party’s Maharashtra unit chief Abu Asim Azmi, whereas Bollywood personalities like Puneet Issar, Atul Agnihotri, Javed Jaffery, Naved Jaffery and Ravi Behl along with relatives and Rizvi’s staff attended the funeral. “Condolence meeting will be held in Rizvi College on Thursday at 6:00 PM whereas Sewam Majlis will be conducted on Sunday at 11.AM on same place, informed relatives.

Khushi’s body was cremated at the Khaswadi crematorium in Karelibag area of Vadodara. Her elder brother Akshay lit the funeral pyre in the presence of a large number of relatives and others.

Nishant Ramani, the business partner of Shah’s father Ashwin, told that a ‘besna’ (prayer meeting) to mourn her death will be held in Vadodara on Friday.

Rizvi (49) was the CEO of Rizvi Builders and secretary of Rizvi Education Society.
Khushi (27) hailed from Vadodara and ran a boutique on the Juhu-Tara Road in Mumbai.
As many as 39 people were shot dead in the Turkey nightclub attack.

Citizens of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Libya, Israel, Canada, a Turkish-Belgian dual citizen and a Franco-Tunisian woman were also among those killed.

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