JORHAT, Feb 5 - The Jorhat district administration has decided to cremate the body of the British tourist who died here on January 31 at a local cremation ground and dispatch the ashes to UK as per the wishes of the family members of the deceased.
It may be mentioned here that Alastair Neil Macdonald (81), a member of a tourist group from UK, was found dead on January 31 morning on a boat named Charaideo II that was on a cruise on the Brahmaputra from Guwahati to upper Assam tourist spots along the river.
Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati, who has been in touch with the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata since past few days over the matter, told The Assam Tribune this evening that the official with whom she was discussing the issue (of Macdonald), today told her that family members of the deceased had requested the British High Commission to cremate the body at the place he (Macdonald) died and then send back the ashes home.
Korati said that the British High Commission has hired Indian Funeral Service – a service provider – to conduct the cremation of the tourist and collect the ashes to be sent to UK for handing over the same to his family members.
She said tomorrow an official from the private service provider is scheduled to reach Jorhat from Delhi for the purpose. The Deputy Commissioner said once the official arrives here, the time of cremation of Macdonald will be decided after consultation with the official.
She said the cremation may take place tomorrow or the day after. Korati said the district administration will provide the necessary logistics to carry out the cremation at a local cremation ground – most likely the Tarajan Cremation Ground.