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Priyanka Chopra makes arrangements to bring back assistant's body

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Apr 17, 2013 at 04:46pm IST

New Delhi: Actress Priyanka Chopra and her team have been trying to get back Jiban Patra's body back to India for some time now. Patra, who worked in Priyanka's team and was one of her several assistants, passed away in a LA hotel in April 7.

Patra was part of the entourage that accompanied the actress to LA. While the rest of team flew to Vancouver for an award ceremony with Chopra, Patra stayed back in LA as he could not get a Canadian visa in time. Patra's body was discovered in a hotel.

While earlier reports had suggested that Patra's family, back in India, did not have money to get his body back and had asked Priyanka to help them financially, there were reports that suggested that the actress and her team weren't too keen to get involved in the case owing to long paperwork.

Priyanka Chopra makes arrangements to bring back assistant's body to India

Priyanka Chopra and her team have been trying to get back Jiban Patra's body back to India for some time now.

In a statement issued by Priyanka Chopra's office, posted by journalist Anna MM Vetticad on Twitter, it has been revealed that the actress and her team are still under the process of getting back Patra's body.

"This is a very unfortunate and unexpected situation. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Patra's family. Our aim throughout was to ensure that Mr. Patra remains were brought back to his family at the very earliest. Owing to the situation that this occurred in a foreign country, where no family member was present, there was multiple levels of paperwork and processes that had to be followed to ensure that the matter was handled effectively and in a timely manner," says the statement.

Recent reports have suggested that the actress is now looking at helping Patra's family financially.

Here is the complete statement that Priyanka Chopra's team issued to the media: "This is a very unfortunate and unexpected situation. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Patra's family. Our aim throughout was to ensure that Mr. Patra remains were brought back to his family at the very earliest. Owing to the situation that this occurred in a foreign country, where no family member was present, there was multiple levels of paperwork and processes that had to be followed to ensure that the matter was handled effectively and in a timely manner. Owing to some delays in paperwork from the family's end, the repatriation of the body was delayed. Ms. Chopra also delayed her return to India to ensure that the everything was in place for Mr. Patra's remains to be repatriated to India. We have been in constant touch with the family to keep them updated on the matter. All details and financial requirements related to the repatriation was and is being handled directly by Ms. Chopra and her team in LA. We are making all efforts to ensure his family's needs are taken care of at this unfortunate time."

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