news Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 05:30
  For Deepa Lakshmi, Twitter was the last resort to reach out to Prime Minister Modi. Awaiting information on her husband, one of the three men who were on the Dornier aircraft which went missing off the coast of Tamil Nadu, the micro-blogging platform was Deepa's next option to reach out to the government. She did not even have an account before Monday morning. At 10.12am she sent out a tweet to the Prime Minister. “My husband was active on social media, I never was. But for his sake, I joined Twitter,” she says. Deepa Lakshmi's husband Subash Suresh was on the Dornier aircraft belonging to the Indian Coast Guard that suddenly dropped off the radar on Monday June 8, at exactly 9:23pm. The aircraft crashed into the sea off the coast of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. Hope is fading for pilot Deputy Commandant Vidyasagar, navigator Deputy Commandant MK Soni and co-pilot Deputy Commandant Subash Suresh who were on routine surveillance sorties that night. But in the face of all adversity, Deepa Lakshmi, betrayed no sense of fear. “We have faith they will be back. As days pass, we are becoming worried. But he was popular among friends and many of them have come from different parts of the country and are giving us strength,” she said. The Prime Minister’s Twitter handle is yet to reply to Deepa’s tweet, but she has been inundated with responses. “A friend told me to create a hashtag and that the Prime Minister is very active on Twitter. The government has been co-operative. But I wanted to make sure that the media too doesn’t forget our story. Many journalists responded to me, I hope they will continue to cover the story,” she said. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, according to the families, has spoken to all of them twice directly. On Monday, the defence minister spoke to the wives of all three crew members over phone. Search operations have been on in full swing with at least 12 ships belonging to the Navy and Coast Guard including a submarine, two aircrafts and many helicopters deployed to find the men. Though the government and defence ministry has been prompt in their response, the families want the media to keep the spotlight on the story, and thereby ensure that search operations are done at full swing. With more than a week gone by without any tangible outcome, the families are clutching at straws. Relatives of one of the crew members went to Madhya Pradesh to meet an astrologer, another family has been organizing pujas for the past few days. “We have turned to God, we hope the search operations are fruitful,” Deepa says. Read- This is how Times Now covered Lalit Modi's lawyer's press meet  
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