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Indian engineer killed by Taliban cremated

K Suryanarayana was killed by Afghanistan's Taliban while working for a Bahraini firm.

May 2, 2006

K Suryanarayana, the engineer killed by the Taliban militia, was cremated in Hyderabad at the Sardar Patel cremation ground with full state honours on Tuesday morning. 

Suryanarayana's pyre was lit by his six-year-old son Satjya Teja. The body was brought here last night from New Delhi and kept at Suryanarayana's East Anandbagh Colony residence. Earlier in the day, former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu visited Suryanaryana's family members to pay his condolences.

In the meantime, Swapna, a young woman, claiming to be Suryanarayana's second wife has come forward. Swapna, expressed a desire to attend Suryanarayana's funeral. She also wants his family to accept her daughter, and the state to give a part of the ex-gratia compensation to her daughter. Al Moayed, the Bahrain-based company Suryanarayana was working for has announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh. Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and also promised a job to the engineer’s widow Manjula. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sanctioned financial support for the education of all three of K. Suryanarayana children. The assistance will be provided from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

“Suryanarayana married me in 2002 and we have a nine-month-old daughter called Nitisha,” Swapna, who is from Warangal, is reported to have said.

She has no proof of the marriage except a few photographs. The DCP Hyderabad, Mishra said that the photos may not be enough evidence and she may need to go in for a DNA test to establish paternity. Swapna says she is willing to go in for a DNA test.

Swapna says she was aware of the fact that Suryanarayana was married with three children when she married him. She claimed they got married at Ramappa temple in Warangal two years ago against the wishes of both their families. 

Meanwhile, Suryanarayana's wife Manjula tried to commit suicide by consuming phenyl. Manjula has been in a state of shock ever since she heard the news of her husband's abduction. She was rushed to a private hospital and then shifted to the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Hyderabad. She is reported to be in a critical condition. 

The government has refused to meet the demand of the Taliban that all Indians should leave Afghanistan. It has decided to review the security measures for Indian working in Afghanistan. There are around 2,500 Indians working in Afghanistan under extreme threat situation. 

Private companies that employ Indians have been advised to put in place comprehensive, "fool-proof" security measures.

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