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Slain engineer's '2nd wife' calls off hunger strike

Manjula, the "first wife" of the slain engineer who had attempted suicide after the killing of her husband, is still undergoing treatment in a hospital.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 22:34 IST

Swapna, the alleged second wife of telecom engineer K Suryanarayana, who was killed by Taliban in Afghanistan, on Thursday called off her fast she had started on Tuesday demanding a share in the compensation for her daughter.

Even as the house of the slain engineer remained locked and Swapna's health continued to deteriorate in the last two days, she broke her fast and decided to follow a legal recourse instead.

Swapna, a native of Warangal district, along with her supporters, had started the hunger strike before Suryanarayana's house in Hyderabad, seeking "justice" for her eight-month-old daughter Nitisha.

Manjula, the "first wife" of the slain engineer who had attempted suicide after the killing of her husband, is still undergoing treatment in a hospital. Suryanarayana's father has also been admitted to a hospital following a cardiac arrest.

The state government had announced financial assistance of Rs 500,000 and a job to one of the family members, and the Bahraini company Al-Moyad, where Suryanarayana worked, declared a compensation of Rs 2 million besides a pledge to take care of the education of his children.

Taliban had abducted the engineer, who was working on a project in Zabul province of Afghanistan, on April 28. Two days later, his headless body was found in the same area.