Thursday, April 2, 2009

Search For Air Force Personnel’s Daughter Apurva

Readers Requested to Provide Information if Any

An airman from the Indian Air Force, Sergeant Ravi Shankar, was posted at the Air Force Station at Car Nicobar on the Andaman and Nicobar islands when the deadly tsunami struck on 26 Dec 2004.  

The airman lost his (then) 8-year old daughter, Apurva to the deadly tsunami waves and the girl was declared missing. However, in early 2005, the girl was reportedly sighted in the relief camp located at the Island Trade Fair ground, Port Blair by one of the camp inhabitants but no further concrete information was received thereafter.

The girl’s father returned to Port Blair in February 2005 to search for his daughter Apurva. His efforts to-date has not yielded any positive results. The girl would now be aged around 12 years.
The Andaman and Nicobar Command has also joined the search for Apurva in right earnest. A host of civilian and defence organizations, both on the islands as well as on the mainland, have been contacted to try and locate the girl. Orphanages, schools, tsunami records and other probable avenues are also being explored.

In case any person has sighted Miss Apurva or has met her in any capacity, he/she is requested to immediately establish contact at any of the following numbers/e-mails:

(a) Command Public Relations Office, Headquarters Andaman and Nicobar Command – TeleFax: (24 hours) 03192-232529 / E-mail: , 
(b) Wing Commander R Muthuvel 0-9434285125, Commander Abhinav Barve, 0-9474267063, Lt Mannu Virk: 0-9932089122.

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