Southampton City Council lower flag in tribute to city couple killed in India bus crash

Half mast flag in tribute to couple killed in India bus crash

Half mast flag in tribute to couple killed in India bus crash

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

SOUTHAMPTON City Council is today flying its flag half mast at the Civic Centre in memory of the city couple who died in a bus crash in India.

Roopesh Nawarkhele, 38, and his wife Kavita, 37, were killed instantly when their coach overturned after colliding with a car.

Witnesses said that their nine-year-old daughter Ananya was sitting on her parents' lap when the accident happened and she is now in a hospital near Chandigarh in the Punjab state and is being treated for serious injuries.

Roopesh worked as a senior social worker in the city council's children's services department.

Today colleagues were trying to come to terms with the death of the experienced and well respected senior practitioner who had moved to Southampton from his native India in 2007.

 

Daily Echo:

MUCH LOVED: Roopesh Nawarkhele and his wife Kavita.

Council chief executive Dawn Baxendale said colleagues are “deeply saddened” and added: “Roopesh was a much loved and highly respected member of our children's services team “His dedication and commitment to the children in the city was second to none. Both he and his wife were actively involved with a number of community groups in the city.

“Our team has lost an outstanding social worker and our thoughts remain with the couple's daughter and their family.

“We have lowered the Council Arms flag outside the Civic Centre today as a mark of our respect to his Roopesh and his family.”

Ananya is believed to be conscious but has suffered severe injuries below her stomach and doesn't yet know that her parents have died.

Last night doctors were discussing moving her to a hospital in Delhi.

Three students, studying in Chandigarh, travelling in a car that struck the coach, died in the crash and 15 other bus passengers were injured.

Indian police are investigating the incident and have arrested the bus driver on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

They had travelled to India on July 28 to visit family and were due to return home on Friday.

The family were making the 300-mile overnight bus journey to Delhi from Dharasamala when the bus crashed near Chandigarh at 2am on Saturday.

The vehicle - owned by The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) - overturned, hitting a Swift car going towards Mohali, Punjab.

Friends, neighbours and members of Southampton's Hindu community are among those praying for Ananya's safe recovery.

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2:20pm Tue 26 Aug 14

bluetit66 says...

I understand that this person may have done a lot of good for people of Southampton. But there are many more who gave died in horrible circumstances that are citizens of the city, whom may or may not have worked for SCC. So who makes the decision...seems it is an individual in the civic deciding who gets the honour. Sympathies to family however.
I understand that this person may have done a lot of good for people of Southampton. But there are many more who gave died in horrible circumstances that are citizens of the city, whom may or may not have worked for SCC. So who makes the decision...seems it is an individual in the civic deciding who gets the honour. Sympathies to family however. bluetit66
  • Score: -15

2:26pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Gloria_123 says...

Why are people so bitter?
Why are people so bitter? Gloria_123
  • Score: 28

2:32pm Tue 26 Aug 14

bluetit66 says...

Gloria_123 wrote:
Why are people so bitter?
Not bitter at all and as I said the family have my sympathies, but it's about who decides what constitutes a civic building lowering the flag for individuals...it sets a precedent. As I said, many other citizens of our city have died in the same or worst situations, and I really doubt that if requests were put in to have the flag lowered it would happen (or possibly not the majority. Sorry you feel it's bitter, but I feel you are missing my point)
[quote][p][bold]Gloria_123[/bold] wrote: Why are people so bitter?[/p][/quote]Not bitter at all and as I said the family have my sympathies, but it's about who decides what constitutes a civic building lowering the flag for individuals...it sets a precedent. As I said, many other citizens of our city have died in the same or worst situations, and I really doubt that if requests were put in to have the flag lowered it would happen (or possibly not the majority. Sorry you feel it's bitter, but I feel you are missing my point) bluetit66
  • Score: 7

3:48pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Gloria_123 says...

He was an EMPLOYEE of the council, a lot of employers would honour a staff member in this way! I just feel your comment is unnecessary!
He was an EMPLOYEE of the council, a lot of employers would honour a staff member in this way! I just feel your comment is unnecessary! Gloria_123
  • Score: 23

3:58pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Bypass says...

Here here Gloria 123 x
Here here Gloria 123 x Bypass
  • Score: 18

4:14pm Tue 26 Aug 14

bluetit66 says...

Gloria_123 wrote:
He was an EMPLOYEE of the council, a lot of employers would honour a staff member in this way! I just feel your comment is unnecessary!
As have been many other people who gave died in horrific circumstances Gloria ...and I worked there for nearly 20years and this did not happen on a regular or occasional basis. All I am saying is that what makes one person more important than other. No need for caps to make a point.
[quote][p][bold]Gloria_123[/bold] wrote: He was an EMPLOYEE of the council, a lot of employers would honour a staff member in this way! I just feel your comment is unnecessary![/p][/quote]As have been many other people who gave died in horrific circumstances Gloria ...and I worked there for nearly 20years and this did not happen on a regular or occasional basis. All I am saying is that what makes one person more important than other. No need for caps to make a point. bluetit66
  • Score: -5

4:16pm Tue 26 Aug 14

thesouth says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Is this a new policy? Flag at half mast for every Southampton resident that dies.
He worked for SCC you fool
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Is this a new policy? Flag at half mast for every Southampton resident that dies.[/p][/quote]He worked for SCC you fool thesouth
  • Score: 6

4:18pm Tue 26 Aug 14

thesouth says...

bluetit66 wrote:
Gloria_123 wrote:
Why are people so bitter?
Not bitter at all and as I said the family have my sympathies, but it's about who decides what constitutes a civic building lowering the flag for individuals...it sets a precedent. As I said, many other citizens of our city have died in the same or worst situations, and I really doubt that if requests were put in to have the flag lowered it would happen (or possibly not the majority. Sorry you feel it's bitter, but I feel you are missing my point)
I'm sure if you died, your work would show a mark if respect so why are you so offended by others getting respect? Strange
[quote][p][bold]bluetit66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gloria_123[/bold] wrote: Why are people so bitter?[/p][/quote]Not bitter at all and as I said the family have my sympathies, but it's about who decides what constitutes a civic building lowering the flag for individuals...it sets a precedent. As I said, many other citizens of our city have died in the same or worst situations, and I really doubt that if requests were put in to have the flag lowered it would happen (or possibly not the majority. Sorry you feel it's bitter, but I feel you are missing my point)[/p][/quote]I'm sure if you died, your work would show a mark if respect so why are you so offended by others getting respect? Strange thesouth
  • Score: 10

4:27pm Tue 26 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

Gloria_123 wrote:
He was an EMPLOYEE of the council, a lot of employers would honour a staff member in this way! I just feel your comment is unnecessary!
Has every member of staff had the flag lowered when they have died in service ?
[quote][p][bold]Gloria_123[/bold] wrote: He was an EMPLOYEE of the council, a lot of employers would honour a staff member in this way! I just feel your comment is unnecessary![/p][/quote]Has every member of staff had the flag lowered when they have died in service ? mickey01
  • Score: -2

4:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Gloria_123 says...

How come no one made a negative comment when Richard Branson decided he would name a plane after a deceased employee’s daughter? People should just accept it is a nice thing that has been done and they should not be so negative!
How come no one made a negative comment when Richard Branson decided he would name a plane after a deceased employee’s daughter? People should just accept it is a nice thing that has been done and they should not be so negative! Gloria_123
  • Score: 16

5:30pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Kerry26 says...

For every one who has a bitter thing to say about how we mark respect for this man and his family are horrible! Roopesh was an amazing man and all he did was help family's regain some control back in their life's This man was a true hero I never got to thank him for the support he gave me and my family he will always have a place in my heart
For every one who has a bitter thing to say about how we mark respect for this man and his family are horrible! Roopesh was an amazing man and all he did was help family's regain some control back in their life's This man was a true hero I never got to thank him for the support he gave me and my family he will always have a place in my heart Kerry26
  • Score: 23

5:50pm Tue 26 Aug 14

bluetit66 says...

Kerry26 wrote:
For every one who has a bitter thing to say about how we mark respect for this man and his family are horrible! Roopesh was an amazing man and all he did was help family's regain some control back in their life's This man was a true hero I never got to thank him for the support he gave me and my family he will always have a place in my heart
Kerry, I know how important our children's social services workers are, and I am truly sorry if u or any one else is offended. I'm glad that he helped you and countless others, I'm sure. My comments are not directed at the person and/or his qualities per se. My point is what makes one person deserve civic recognition over countless others that have or do work for scc in the children's services dept or any other scc dept that provide the valuable help you/others have received . I reiterate again my comments are not about the individual, and nor am I bitter in any way. I hope this gives u and others some understanding of my comments.
[quote][p][bold]Kerry26[/bold] wrote: For every one who has a bitter thing to say about how we mark respect for this man and his family are horrible! Roopesh was an amazing man and all he did was help family's regain some control back in their life's This man was a true hero I never got to thank him for the support he gave me and my family he will always have a place in my heart[/p][/quote]Kerry, I know how important our children's social services workers are, and I am truly sorry if u or any one else is offended. I'm glad that he helped you and countless others, I'm sure. My comments are not directed at the person and/or his qualities per se. My point is what makes one person deserve civic recognition over countless others that have or do work for scc in the children's services dept or any other scc dept that provide the valuable help you/others have received . I reiterate again my comments are not about the individual, and nor am I bitter in any way. I hope this gives u and others some understanding of my comments. bluetit66
  • Score: -2

6:14pm Tue 26 Aug 14

St.Ray says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Is this a new policy? Flag at half mast for every Southampton resident that dies.
Or only Council employees? Or ethics only?
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Is this a new policy? Flag at half mast for every Southampton resident that dies.[/p][/quote]Or only Council employees? Or ethics only? St.Ray
  • Score: -12

9:43pm Tue 26 Aug 14

andysaints007 says...

bluetit66 wrote:
Kerry26 wrote:
For every one who has a bitter thing to say about how we mark respect for this man and his family are horrible! Roopesh was an amazing man and all he did was help family's regain some control back in their life's This man was a true hero I never got to thank him for the support he gave me and my family he will always have a place in my heart
Kerry, I know how important our children's social services workers are, and I am truly sorry if u or any one else is offended. I'm glad that he helped you and countless others, I'm sure. My comments are not directed at the person and/or his qualities per se. My point is what makes one person deserve civic recognition over countless others that have or do work for scc in the children's services dept or any other scc dept that provide the valuable help you/others have received . I reiterate again my comments are not about the individual, and nor am I bitter in any way. I hope this gives u and others some understanding of my comments.
Not really you pratt
[quote][p][bold]bluetit66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kerry26[/bold] wrote: For every one who has a bitter thing to say about how we mark respect for this man and his family are horrible! Roopesh was an amazing man and all he did was help family's regain some control back in their life's This man was a true hero I never got to thank him for the support he gave me and my family he will always have a place in my heart[/p][/quote]Kerry, I know how important our children's social services workers are, and I am truly sorry if u or any one else is offended. I'm glad that he helped you and countless others, I'm sure. My comments are not directed at the person and/or his qualities per se. My point is what makes one person deserve civic recognition over countless others that have or do work for scc in the children's services dept or any other scc dept that provide the valuable help you/others have received . I reiterate again my comments are not about the individual, and nor am I bitter in any way. I hope this gives u and others some understanding of my comments.[/p][/quote]Not really you pratt andysaints007
  • Score: -9

10:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Rina73 says...

Gloria_123 wrote:
How come no one made a negative comment when Richard Branson decided he would name a plane after a deceased employee’s daughter? People should just accept it is a nice thing that has been done and they should not be so negative!
No one made a negative comment because Richards associates are ENGLISH!! Lets not beat about the bush with the dormant racism on here.
[quote][p][bold]Gloria_123[/bold] wrote: How come no one made a negative comment when Richard Branson decided he would name a plane after a deceased employee’s daughter? People should just accept it is a nice thing that has been done and they should not be so negative![/p][/quote]No one made a negative comment because Richards associates are ENGLISH!! Lets not beat about the bush with the dormant racism on here. Rina73
  • Score: 2

12:24am Wed 27 Aug 14

bluetit66 says...

Some of the comments here about dormant racism are laughable. I have no issue with race whatsoever. It makes me mad that u can have an opinion tbat is not racist and suddenly the race card is brought up. My comments are purely about a civic/corporate approach. If u dont agree fine but dont call me racist.
Some of the comments here about dormant racism are laughable. I have no issue with race whatsoever. It makes me mad that u can have an opinion tbat is not racist and suddenly the race card is brought up. My comments are purely about a civic/corporate approach. If u dont agree fine but dont call me racist. bluetit66
  • Score: 5

7:47am Wed 27 Aug 14

Datarater says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Is this a new policy? Flag at half mast for every Southampton resident that dies.
No. Only for council workers.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Is this a new policy? Flag at half mast for every Southampton resident that dies.[/p][/quote]No. Only for council workers. Datarater
  • Score: 6

9:05am Wed 27 Aug 14

ecuk268 says...

You can tell that the Infants Schools are still on holiday.

Most of them seem to be posting on here.
You can tell that the Infants Schools are still on holiday. Most of them seem to be posting on here. ecuk268
  • Score: -7

9:23am Wed 27 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

I was surprised to read the flag is at half mast for the couple. Only because i've never heard of it before. As a previous comment said it now set a precedent, be interesting to see if the council does this again in the future. My condolences to the couple's family and friends, and my prayers are with the little girl to make a full recovery.
I was surprised to read the flag is at half mast for the couple. Only because i've never heard of it before. As a previous comment said it now set a precedent, be interesting to see if the council does this again in the future. My condolences to the couple's family and friends, and my prayers are with the little girl to make a full recovery. excusemoi
  • Score: 2

11:58am Wed 27 Aug 14

southy says...

excusemoi wrote:
I was surprised to read the flag is at half mast for the couple. Only because i've never heard of it before. As a previous comment said it now set a precedent, be interesting to see if the council does this again in the future. My condolences to the couple's family and friends, and my prayers are with the little girl to make a full recovery.
Its not a precendent its been done before in the pass.
[quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: I was surprised to read the flag is at half mast for the couple. Only because i've never heard of it before. As a previous comment said it now set a precedent, be interesting to see if the council does this again in the future. My condolences to the couple's family and friends, and my prayers are with the little girl to make a full recovery.[/p][/quote]Its not a precendent its been done before in the pass. southy
  • Score: -1
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