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Wife No 2 shows up, Wife No 1 attempts suicide

Manjula had threatened to end her life if the Govt failed to secure her husband's release. Ashok Das reports.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 10:05 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das

Just hours before the body of slain engineer K Suryanarayan was flown in from Afghanistan for the last rites, a woman claiming to be his second wife sur faced in the city, demanding a share of the compensation declared for his family.

Swapna, a resident of Warangal, met Cyberabad DCP (Crime) Soumya Mishra and sought help for a last glimpse of the body. She said Suryanarayan's first wife Manjula had denied her entry into the house.

The twists did not end there. In the evening, Manjula consumed phenyl at her residence and had to be hospitalised. Her condition was said to be out of danger.

Sources in the police said Manjula became depressed after she learnt of the "other woman's" claim — beamed throughout the day on TV.

There could have been another reason: she had threatened to end her life if the government failed to secure her husband's release from the Taliban.

Earlier in the day, Swapna, who is in her late 20s, claimed Suryanarayan had married her in August 2002 in Warangal and produced photographs as evidence of their "love marriage". She had a nine-month old daughter, Nitisha, from him, she claimed.

Swapna claimed she had no financial support after Suryanarayan's death, as her family had disowned her after mar riage.

"My daughter must get jus tice," she said while staking claim to the compensation. The state government has declared an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and Suryanarayan's employer, al Moayyad, has announced Rs 20 lakh compensation.

The police said it was a civil dispute and asked Swapna to approach the court "if there was any paternity dispute case".

First Published: May 02, 2006 10:05 IST