India to wait till Afghanistan finishes probe into Indian author’s death; 2 held

Her book,which is an account of her escape from the Taliban,was made into a Bollywood film in 2003.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Kabul | Published:September 11, 2013 2:17 am

India Tuesday said it will wait for the final outcome of the investigation into the death of Indian author Sushmita Banerjee,who was killed by the Taliban in the eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan last week,and was ready to help if her Afghan husband wants to send back her belongings.

“Our initial impression was that there was some family issue but we will wait for the final outcome as the local police would be in the best position to provide that information to us,” a spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.

He was asked about MEA’s views on reports of conspiracy in the killing of the author and demand for probe by her family and friends.

He also said the ministry has informed the same to the West Bengal government.

Afghan police meanwhile have arrested two militants over the murder of Indian writer Sushmita Banerjee,whose book about her dramatic escape from the Taliban was made into a Bollywood film,an official said Tuesday.

Banerjee,49,was dragged out of her husband’s house by masked gunmen in eastern Paktika province and shot dead last Wednesday.

“Police have arrested two people who have confessed to killing her,” Paktika governor spokesman Mokhlis Afghan said. “They have said in their confession that they were ordered to kill the lady because the film that was made from her book was an insult to the Taliban,” Afghan said.

“They also said she had Internet in her house and was spying for India,” he added.

The two men belong to the Haqqani network,a Taliban affiliate with links to al-Qaeda,and were arrested in Sharan,the capital of Paktika province late Monday,the governor’s spokesman said. The Taliban last week denied involvement in her murder.

Her book Kabuliwala’s Bengali Wife,which is an account of her escape from the Taliban two decades ago,was made into a Bollywood film in 2003.

— WITH PTI

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