Taliban beheads Indian engineer
THE FAMILY of Kasula Suryanarayana, kidnapped and beheaded by Taliban militants in Afghanistan, remained shocked and inconsolable on Sunday. Relatives said Suryanarayana's wife, Manjula, two daughters and son were shattered by the news.Updated: May 01, 2006 23:21 IST
THE FAMILY of Kasula Suryanarayana, kidnapped and beheaded by Taliban militants in Afghanistan, remained shocked and inconsolable on Sunday. Relatives said Suryanarayana's wife, Manjula, two daughters and son were shattered by the news.
A large number of neighbours and mediapersons gathered outside the house but the family did not let anybody in, except close relatives, family friends and TV cameramen.
The body of the 41-year old engineer will be brought back on Monday and taken to Hyderabad for the last rites. Abducted at gunpoint by the Taliban in Afghanistan's troubled Zabul province on Friday, Suryanarayana was killed by his abductors on Sunday morning, several hours before the deadline set by them had expired.
Stopping short of blaming Pakistan for the act, the government said it would not concede the terrorists' demands and pledged to go after Suryanarayana's killers. "The Government of India is appalled by this dastardly and inhuman act of terror on the part of the Taliban and its sponsors," said Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.
He said the killing was a "pre-meditated" act of terrorism, committed even before Indian officials could reach Afghanistan, and well before the deadline set by the Taliban abductors. This clearly demonstrated that the Taliban were not interested in negotiations.
"Every effort is being made to apprehend the perpetrators of this criminal act and bring them to justice swiftly," said Saran.
First Published: May 01, 2006 23:21 IST