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MR Kutty's body found in Afghanistan

The body of Indian driver Maniappan Raman Kutty was found with his throat slashed in southern Afghanistan.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 18:40 IST

Five days after his abduction by Taliban, the body of Indian driver Maniappan  Raman Kutty was found with his throat slashed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, evoking strong condemnation by India, which described the killing as "outrageous" and "barbaric".

The slaughtered body of 36-year-old Kutty, a driver with Border Roads Organisation (BRO), was found dumped by the roadside in Delaram district of Nimroze Province, Governor of Khashroad Mohd Hashim Noorzai, was quoted as saying by international news agencies in Kandahar.

"He has been slaughtered. His throat has been cut," he said. Taliban on Tuesday evening called up news agencies in Kandahar to say that Kutty, who was abducted on Saturday, had been killed by them, as the BRO did not comply with its demand to pull out of Afghanistan.

Condemning the "cowardly and brutal murder of a brave Indian", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the act reflected the "cruel and inhuman character of the Taliban and the forces they represent."

10 lakh for Kutty's family

The Government announced that the family would receive Rs 10 lakh as compensation and benefits with free education up to the secondary level for Kutty's two children and assured that no stone would be left unturned to ensure their livelihood and security.

Observing that Kutty had "given his life as a soldier for peace", the Prime Minister said he was "deeply grieved and outraged" by the killing of the BRO driver who had been working on Zaranj-Delaram road project in Afghanistan.

"I condemn this cowardly killing and brutal murder of a brave Indian who was working in the cause of peace and development far from his home and country, which reflects the cruel and inhuman character of the Taliban and the forces they represent," Singh said in a statement.

He said he had directed the Ministries of External Affairs and Defence to extend all help and assistance to the bereaved family.

Note found pinned to Kutty's body

A note written in English was found pinned to the body of MR Kutty, the Indian driver who was killed by Taliban in Afghanistan following his abduction.

"We found a piece of paper written in English pinned to the body. We have the paper. It's in English so we cannot read it now," Mohammed Hashim Noorzai, a district governor in Afghanistan's volatile southwestern province of Nimroze, was quoted as saying.

"The Minister of the Interior has ordered us to transfer the body to the Indian consulate in Kandahar."

Five days after his abduction by Taliban, the slaughtered body of 36-year-old Kutty, a driver with Border Roads Organisation (BRO), was found dumped by the roadside in Delaram district of Nimroze on Wednesday, Governor of Khashroad Mohd Hashim Noorzai, was quoted as saying in Kandahar.

A purported Taliban spokesman had on Tuesday said that Kutty was killed, as there had been no response to a 48-hour deadline issued by the group for BRO to leave Afghanistan.

The Indian embassy in Afghanistan said they had never been contacted by Taliban.