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Andhra techie killed in S Africa

A techie from Andhra Pradesh died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday; four days after unidentified assailants shot him in the chest, reports Ashok Das.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2009 00:39 IST
Ashok Das

A techie from Andhra Pradesh died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday; four days after unidentified assailants shot him in the chest.

B Kiran, from Arepally village in Warangal district, was shot at when he was returning to his rented accommodation around 8.30 pm last on Thursday. He died at a hospital in Johannesburg, family sources said.

“He (Kiran) and one of his friends were entering the house, when a person, hiding nearby, fired at him. Kiran received two bullets in his chest. As he fell down the assailant snatched his laptop and fled,” his brother B Satish told HT.

The 28-year old techie, who hails from a lower middle-class family, had recently come home on a two-month holiday and had left for Johannesburg on June 27.

“He was telling us about the black gangs attacking and looting people. When I asked him to return, he said that it was difficult to find jobs in India because of recession,” his father B Shankaraiah said.

Though Kiran was shot at on Thursday, his family came to know about the incident on Monday after the Indian embassy in South Africa contacted the Warangal district superintendent of police.

The family was told that he was out of danger. But apparently his condition deteriorated on Monday night.

The state government has asked the district administration to get in touch with the Indian embassy and make arrangements to bring back the body.