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News of Suryanarayan's killing shatters family

The family is still hoping that some miracle would happen and the body claimed to have been found would not be of Suryanarayan.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 14:23 IST

The news of Indian telecom engineer K Suryanarayan's killing by his Taliban abductors in Afghanistan shattered his family in Hyderabad.

The engineer's wife Manjula fainted while his two daughters and a son, all aged between 5 and 13 years, were crying inconsolably. His father, K Chandrasekhar, a retired government employee and mother were too shocked to react.

The family received the news from the television channels barely an hour after they met Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, who assured them that the government was making all efforts to seek his early and safe release.

After some reassuring words by the chief minister came the shocking news. Gloom descended on the house of Suryanarayana in the middle class Chandanagar area in Malkajgiri neighbourhood.

State Minister for Information Mohammed Ali Shabbir, who had reached the house to meet the family members, said the state government had received no information on Suryanarayana.

Relatives and friends of the 41-year-old engineer came rushing to the house after the news channels broke the news. They were seen consoling Manjula, who had threatened on Saturday to commit suicide along with her children if the government failed to seek his release.

Some family members were unhappy with the news channels for breaking the news without confirmation from the Indian government. "We will not believe this unless we see the picture of the body claimed to have been recovered in Kandahar," said one relative.

The family is still hoping that some miracle would happen and the body claimed to have been found would not be of Suryanarayan.

The family on Saturday had appealed to the Taliban to release him unharmed. They were not ready to believe that he was killed even before the deadline set by the abductors for all Indians to leave Afghanistan ended.

Suryanarayan, who was working as a telecom engineer at Tata Tele Services in Hyderabad, had joined the Bahraini company Al-Moyad in Afghanistan only four months ago to work on a telecom project. He had come to meet the family 20 days ago before returning to Afghanistan.

He was abducted on Friday evening when he was travelling from Kalat, capital of Zabul province, to Ghazni.

First Published: Apr 30, 2006 12:37 IST