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A day after the return of sailor Sunil James to Mumbai after being held in Togo on charges of abetting piracy, his family on Saturday finished preparations to lay his infant son Vivaan to rest on Sunday.
The ceremony will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Orlem, Malad, in Malad at noon, the family said. Immediate family members and close friends are expected to attend.
Vivaan, who was eleven months old, died on December 2 of septicemia, ten days before his first birthday.
Sunil's wife Aditi had initially refused to bury him until her husband returned, but came close to doing it before news of Sunil's release from Togo broke on Thursday.
The family had kept Vivaan's body in cold storage at the morgue of Cooper Hospital since his death, but shifted him to a private hospital last weekend as the threat of decay loomed.
The family had planned to asses the situation before burying Vivaan, but Sunil's return came in the nick of time.
"We had no time left and would have gone ahead with the burial on Sunday even if he (Sunil) hadn't returned. Thankfully, he won't be denied the right to bury his son," said Sunil's brother-in-law Rakesh Madappa. He added that Vivaan's body would be moved out in a hearse on Sunday morning and reach Malad.
Sunil, 38, and his colleague Andi Vijayan returned to India Friday after the Indian government successfully negotiated their release.
Both men, along with another colleague Peechuli Ashok Chandran, had been detained in Togo for the past five months on charges of abetting piracy after pirates attacked their vessel in July.
While Sunil and Vijayan were unconditionally released and the charges against them dropped, the Togo government refused to release Chandran as it claims to have evidence that his brother Arun Chandran led the band of pirates that attacked MT Ocean Centurion.