The family of an Indian IT professional, who died in a car accident in Thailand's Phuket on Wednesday, has sought help from the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of External Affairs to bring her body back.
Pragya Paliwal, a 29-year-old software engineer from Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, was working for a Bengaluru-based company and had reached Phuket with her colleagues to attend a training programme.
Her family says none of them has passport to immediately travel to Thailand.
"We were told by authorities in Thailand that the body would be handed over to a family member only, but none of us will be able to go there since we don't have a passport. The Indian Embassy in Thailand has informed us that the body would be handed over to anyone who is authorised by them. We don't have anyone there, so we're trying to get in touch with Pragya's friends present there," her brother Deepak Paliwal told the New Indian Express.
The family had also met local Congress MLA Alok Chaturvedi and district administration authorities to seek help.
“Pragya Paliwal was sent to Thailand for training by her employer in Bangalore. Her friend has informed the family about her demise in a car accident. According to her friend the dead body is kept in Patong Hospital in Phuket City,” Chaturvedi tweeted.
Chief Minister Kamal Nath expressed anguish over the techie's death and said the state government would work with the MEA to bring her body back.