Nurse Saldanha’s body arrives in Mangalore

The body of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, 44, who was found hanging in her quarters at London's King Edward VII hospital following a royal hoax call, was flown to her native city, Mangalore, on Sunday. The funeral would be held at her husband Benedict Barboza's village Shirva, 48 km away from Mangalore.

The body, which reached Mumbai, was accompanied by Barboza, son Junal and daughter Lisha.

At the Mangalore airport, where several persons had thronged to receive the body, Barboza and his children remained tight-lipped to media queries. They waded through the waiting crowd to a car to escort the body, which was taken to a hospital morgue at Manipal near Udupi.

Family sources said the body would be brought to Barboza's home at Shorkala, one km away from Shirva, on Monday. At 2.30 pm, the cortege would leave for the Catholic Church at Shirva.

At Barboza's house, relatives and neighbours huddled together for prayers for the departed soul, refusing the talk to the media.

A local person said that Saldanha and family had been at Shirva for a month during last Christmas.

Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, who was at the airport to receive the body, told the media that India was concerned about the nurse's death and has called for a detailed probe as to ascertain why she resorted to the extreme step.

Nurse blamed RJs in suicide note

London: Jacintha Saldanha, who was found dead after a hoax call to a UK hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate, left a note blaming the two Australian radio jockeys (RJs) behind the prank for her death, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday, quoting sources close to her family. The paper reported that in another note, she had criticised "aspects of the hospital staff," and singled out two individuals for blame. PTI

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