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Abducted Indian engineer's family in shock

Suryanarayana's family was shocked when officers from the regional passport office here informed them about the abduction.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 15:08 IST

The news of Indian engineer A Suryanarayana's abduction by Taliban in Afghanistan has shocked his family here.

Suryanarayana was abducted on Friday evening while travelling from Kalat, capital of Zabul province, to Ghazni.

The Taliban has claimed the responsibility for the act.

The engineer's family was shocked when officers from the regional passport office here informed them about the abduction.

His parents, wife K Manjula and their three children were inconsolable even as other family members and relatives rushed to their house in Chandranagar in Malkajgiri neighbourhood to be with them.

"He was with us just 20 days ago and spoke to us over phone three days ago. We had never thought he would be kidnapped," said Manjula as tears rolled down her cheeks. Her two daughters and a son were all in trauma.

"He has not harmed anyone and we hope that the abductors would not harm him and release him immediately," she said.

The family members said Suryanarayana, who was working as telecom engineer at Tata Tele Services in Hyderabad, had joined Bahraini firm Al Mayyad in Afghanistan four months ago. He had come to meet this month and returned to Afghanistan.

Regional passport officer Bala Bhaskar said the ministry of external affairs was in close touch with the Indian embassy in Afghanistan and all efforts were being made to seek his release.

This is the third such incident in which the Taliban has targeted an Indian.

Nearly five months ago, Ramankutty Maniyappan, an engineer with the Indian Border Road Organisation (BRO), was kidnapped and beheaded by the Taliban militia to intimidate Indian workers into leaving Afghanistan.

Two months ago, Bharar Kumar, an Indian engineer working for the Louis Berger group that had sub-contracted the construction of the Kandahar-Herat highway to a Turkish construction company, was killed in an explosion in Farah province.

There are reports of Indian doctors working in Afghanistan getting threats from the Taliban.

This is the second time that a man from Andhra Pradesh has been kidnapped in Afghanistan.

In December 2003, Taliban had kidnapped Murali and Vardaiah, both semi-skilled labourers working on a highway connecting Kabul and Kandahar, on suspicion that they were spying for India. However, they were released unharmed after 20 days.